By Rick Palsgrove
A golf course by any other name still plays as sweet.
The city of Groveport plans to rename the city owned Links at Groveport golf course to The Groveport Municipal Golf Course.
To do so, Groveport City Council appropriated $40,000 in the city’s 2020 budget to pay for the rebranding of the course and new signage.
“The budgeted funds will go to replacing signs throughout the property, but specifically the Groveport Road and Richardson Road signage, the two signs at the entrance from Richardson Road, signage around the clubhouse and signage coming down the lane entering the property,” said Groveport Director of Golf Tom Walker.
The golf course, located at 1005 Richardson Road, was formerly a private country club that the city purchased several years ago and then named it The Links at Groveport. It is an 18-hole, par-72 course operated by the city. The front nine was built in 1929, designed by Frank Waugh. The back nine was built in 1971, designed by Hurdzan/Kidwell.
Earlier this year, city officials began a series of rebranding efforts to help market the city and the various amenities it offers.
“During the rebranding there was some discussion about changing the (golf course) logo,” said Walker. “It was determined that the logo should remain, but that changing the name to reflect what the course is would be a better fit. A links course by definition is a course that’s located by a sea or ocean, such as St. Andrews or in the United States, Kiawah Island. Groveport’s golf course is considered a Parkland course therefore the current name is out of place.”
Walker said the choice of the new name, The Groveport Municipal Golf Course, simplifies the identification of the course.
“Many players identify the course as Groveport, not Links at Groveport,” said Walker. “Also, to eliminate some confusion that still exists as to whether the course is public or private, identifying it as a municipal facility aids in clearing up that confusion.”
Council will vote on the proposed name change at one of its upcoming meetings.