Summary of Services

The City of Tallahassee operates two public golf courses that allow golfers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the game of golf at affordable prices. More than 50,000 rounds are played annually on these two courses combined. Value and convenience are two key messages that describe the golfing experience at Hilaman and Jake Gaither.


Hilaman Golf Course

Hilaman is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course located in the heart of Tallahassee. The course provides a top-notch playing experience, but additional amenities, including a driving range, restaurant and bar, locker rooms, and a golf pro shop. Management continues to invest in the course and facility, with a renovation to the driving range, a new teaching center, and continued landscaping projects around the course.


Jake Gaither Golf Course

Jake Gaither is a 9-hole, par 36 golf course featuring rolling hills and majestic tree coverage that can be truly thought of as a “diamond in the rough.” In August 2022, the course was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic sites worthy of preservation. It is one of only five golf courses in Florida to receive this Federal designation. Also, Jake Gaither was included to the Florida Historic Golf Trail, just the second course to be added that began as a golf course for African Americans. FY23 saw an unprecedented year in popularity and rounds played at the course. In order to maintain this momentum, management is looking to continue to invest in the course. In FY24, staff is planning to refurbish the bunkers around the course, along with other landscaping and grounds maintenance projects.


FY24

• In FY24, the Golf Department will continue to provide outstanding services to the community at their current staffing level.


• Revenues are expected to remain constant in FY24 with tee times already being maxed out.


• Total expenditures at Hilaman are also budgeted to be slightly higher in FY24 due to the amount of rounds played and increase in costs of goods.


• Golf course management plans to remodel the driving range at Hilaman and refurbish the bunkers at Jake Gaither in FY24.


FY25-28

•Steady revenue growth is expected over the next four years.



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Short-Term Action Plan

Continue to utilize employees from the Department of Corrections 2nd Chance Program.

Invite quarterly motivational speakers from the community.Develop internal and community partnerships to increase job opportunities.


Challenges

High turnover rate: The golf course is operated primarily with temp employees and DOC employees. Most employees work less than a year.


Consistency: Due to our high turnover rate, we are constantly retraining employees which impacts our continuity and quality of work.Limited availability of DOC employees during peak season due to other employers hiring from the same pool.


Long-Term Plan

Implement Certification Program for 2nd Chance Participants:

* Fork lift operation

* CDL Training

* Golf Course Equipment Operation

Life Coach Mentoring:

* Basic Finances

* Housing/Transportation when released

* Continuing a support system after re-entry


Train 2nd Chance DOC employees to use the City of Tallahassee's job portal to watch for opportunities.


Develop partnerships with City departments and other community partners increase employment opportunities.