City parks golf courses about to open; new manager of operations hired

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department’s three golf courses are about to open, and when they do a new manager will be in charge.

Foster, Shoaff and McMillen Park courses will open for the season during the week of March 18, with Foster set to open Monday, March 18, Shoaff on March 19 and McMillen on March 20. City golf courses open at sunrise and close 30 minutes prior to sunset, weather permitting. When inclement weather occurs, courses may close for a short period or for the day, depending upon the severity of the weather. To check on course availability, or to schedule tee times, call the golf course where you plan to play: Foster Park: 427-6735,; McMillen Park: 427-6710,; or Shoaff Park: 427-6745,

Season memberships are on sale at the main parks office, 705 E. State Blvd., and at all of the clubhouses. You can also arrange for a league or plan a golf outing for your business or organization by contacting Chris Jones, the new manager of golf operations, at 260-427-6016.

Jones is a PGA Class A Member and a member of the Club Managers Association of America and brings experience from several of the top golf facilities in the country. “I want to build on the existing traditions and programs at these facilities and explore new opportunities to serve area golfers. I also hope to enhance the experience for our golfers by streamlining our products and services,” he said in a statement. “My role is to be an ambassador for our city courses and focus on initiatives that will attract new golfers to our links.”

Jones succeeds Rick Hemsoth.