New project will repair and extend cart paths at Theodore Wirth Golf Course thanks to generous donation from local businessmen

Photo of donors and commissioners at the announcement of a donation for Theodore Wirth Golf cart paths.

The cart path network at Theodore Wirth Golf Course will undergo significant upgrades this year thanks to a generous philanthropic contribution from local businessmen Jim Hays, Bill Mershon, Tom Fish and Steve Lerum.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Superintendent Al Bangoura recognized their donation at the April 17, 2019 Park Board meeting.

“Our park system is great because the people who use our parks consistently contribute toward making them great,” said Bangoura. “We appreciate the generosity of this group of successful businessmen and are excited to get started on creating a more accessible course at Wirth.”

Each hole at Wirth Golf Course has a cart path located near tee boxes and/or greens, but in many instances the cart path segments are too short or fail to direct cart traffic to protect turf areas. Many areas of the golf course are without cart paths and remain wet for extended periods of time, resulting in decreased play and loss of revenue.

MPRB staff has assessed conditions at the golf course, particularly related to cart paths, and developed plans demonstrating desired cart path improvements. The funds contributed by the businessmen will allow MPRB staff to bid the project and begin cart path improvements in 2019.