TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Blanchard Golf Course on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will permanently cease operations, including the Eagles Nest Café, on May 1, due to significant financial losses over the past eight years, according to a release from the 355th Public Affairs Office.
The course will close after 56 years of continuous operations due to a combination of factors including decreasing play and increasing utility costs. From 1996 to 2017, the number of golf rounds played decreased by 70 percent. Additionally, water utility rates increased by 125 percent in 2017 alone.
The golf course's closure will allow funds to be reinvested back into programs, equipment, and facilities for the airmen, civilians, and families of D-M's Desert Lightning Team.
According to the release, Outdoor Recreation facilities will be moved into the existing buildings on the golf course. The driving range and putting greens will also remain open following the closure.
After May 1, D-M will have the opportunity to transform the space into a new recreational area that will benefit the entire base populace.