City terminating contract of Eagle Creek golf manager

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The city of Indianapolis is voiding the contract of the manager of Eagle Creek Golf Club after he defaulted on a $3.5 million loan balance.

Jerry Hayslett, who has managed the municipal golf club on West 56th Street since 1999, will no longer be the operator, effective April 1, according to city officials.

The city extended its contract with Hayslett in 2007 for an additional seven years after he agreed to provide $1.2 million in upgrades to the two-course facility.

Those included improvements to the cart barn, cart paths, clubhouse, outdoor rest room and irrigation system, as well as repairs to the 18th hole on the club’s Sycamore Course. Eagle Creek contains two 18-hole courses, The Sycamore Course and The Pines Course.

Jennifer McGilvary, spokeswoman for Indy Parks, said she didn't know whether the city would assume responsibility for the balance of the contract or whether that would fall to a new operator.

“Right now, we’re still exploring all the options,” she said. “Nothing is ruled out.”

Hayslett received a 20-year, $2.5 million loan in 2000, which was refinanced for a larger amount in 2007, according to city documents.

He made a $22,350 payment in February, but has incurred several fees of at least $1,000 each for late payments, city documents show.

Hayslett did not return calls from IBJ Monday morning.

McGilvary at the parks department said the golf course will remain open during the management transition, and golfers “will not notice a difference.”

Hayslett was part of a group that operates other municipally owned courses besides Eagle Creek. He got together in 2009 with two other local professionals to form Capital City Golf.

In the summer of 2009, the city put out requests for proposals to run its 12 courses for the next 10 years. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration chose five operators, including Capital City Golf.

The partnership runs A.J. Thatcher Golf Course, where Hayslett already held the contract, as well as Winding River and South Grove.

A source with Capital City Golf told IBJ on Monday afternoon that Hayslett was no longer a part of the partnership.

The city left Eagle Creek out of the bidding process in 2009 because Hayslett expanded the course in 2007 and had a contract that runs through 2014.

Two years ago, when the proposals were sought, Ballard’s office was looking for new ways to cover looming expenses. Indy Parks, which has been responsible for upgrading its golf courses, faced an estimated $5.7 million in deferred maintenance costs.


  • Stealing money
    It is a known fact that Hayslett has been embezzling money for years. I play in a group the Hayslett made pay in cash or check rather than credit so he could use it for personal money. He is a real shady person and should be in jail!
  • golf cover-up eagle creek
    THIS contract does not sound on the up and up.stinks..do an audit before April 1,2011.THE public needs to know just what has happen at this CITY PARK..
  • Yep!
    "Whoever's idea it was to chop up the original 18 holes at Eagle Creek should be banished for good from the golf business. "That WAS a great layout, as good as any in the city or state (even if the condition always wasn't). The new holes added are a complete joke, don't fit with the rest of the course at all, and completely destroyed a great asset to the city."

    I totally agree with your opinion.
  • Can't agree more
    Whoever's idea it was to chop up the original 18 holes at Eagle Creek should be banished for good from the golf business. That WAS a great layout, as good as any in the city or state (even if the condition always wasn't). The new holes added are a complete joke, don't fit with the rest of the course at all, and completely destroyed a great asset to the city.
  • More Failure of over use of Nationalism
    Two years ago, when the proposals were sought, Ballardâ??s office was looking for new ways to cover looming expenses. Indy Parks, which has been responsible for upgrading its golf courses, faced an estimated $5.7 million in deferred maintenance costs.

    I do not play Golf my Idea shooting Golf Balls is with a m-16 .223, .243, 270 or Bow & Arrow.
    For Starters What the Heck is wronge with these people,They Make no sence, The bigger problem is the city ownes it Union Run? Nationalism Government! And they wounder Why it All fails, Whats the in Port factor that competes with the American made production of Goods! They are defeating the over all matter! if it means so much I have one Ask some one like Celine Dion I know she plays to buy the thing it will be paid for---! In the end if it was private-ly owned the Nationalism part would not realy matter would it!

    Bruce Michael Anderson
    Reader of Imprimis
    Portfolio URL: http://Writing.Com/authors/epistemology
    I think we are all pretty tired of seeing hot shots like Hayslett getting breaks. The city should BUST HIS CHOPS!!! Take all his sweet deals away. Us regular Joes are tired of paying for the mistakes of greedy jerks.
  • Really?!
    Jerry Hayslett is no longer a partner in Capital City Golf Management, which manages Winding River and South Grove. Therefore these contracts are not in jepordy!
  • A Wounded Bird..
    Having grown up working and playing at Indy City Courses I have always been disappointed at the failures of Eagle Creek. It should be the crown jewel of our city courses, but instead has been turned into a Frankenstein. THE COURSE WAS RUINED when they destroyed the original 18 championship holes designed by Pete Dye. The holes that were added are a joke. I can only assume this was Hayslett's idea as a way to boost rounds and have more outings by have two 18 hole courses to schedule on. It's a shame what he did to it, and now we find out this....

    Chicago has Cog Hill (Public), New York has Bethpage Black (Public). Indy could have had Eagle Creek...but instead we ended up with a wounded bird... Thanks for ruining this gem Jerry.

    • Hayslett is very busy
      Over the past 20+ years, Jerry has been involved in several "deals" including: Hoosier Links in Hancock County, Otter Creek in Columbus, as well as the Marion County courses; in 1986 when Pete Dye "renovated" Eagle Creek, and Indiana experienced on of the dryiest summers on record, Eagle Creek turned into a dust bowl and the ground was like concrete. Hayslett did nothing constructive except accept money and wait for accolades in 1988 after the Publinks tournaments. Well, its time to get a real "Professional" to run these wonderful courses. I for one am glad Jerry won't be there anymore. Hope the Parks Dept. will find a very suitable replacement, and I don't mean "Thompson Group."
    • Smock a win/win? Not really
      While some might consider the city arrangement with the Smock operator is a win-win,that view is shared by few as the city receives very little financial benefit from the contract. Upwards of $200k goes to St Mary's before the city,or taxpayers,get a penny worth of benefit. While charitable, one could reasonably assume that with the financial situation the city finds itselves in,the percentage of gross revenues Smock produces should be due the city like the other operator's contracts. If Smock's operator wants to give to charity let him do so out of his own pocket instead of the local golfers and ultimately the City of Indianapolis. Apparantly, the city isn't interested in the piddly amount of
      $2 million they would have collected over the 10 year term of the contract. Most of us don't believe that city administrators, who are paid by us, the taxpayers, should be diverting any funds that should go into an already decimated parks dept. What projects/programs won't get funded with this $2 million short fall? Have even more jobs been lost or will be lost in this down economy due to this "charity contract?" Even more interesting is how the city administrators explain turning down other qualified operator offers that were willing to give a higher percentage of gross revenues from Smock straight back to the dept? Very interesting indeed...
    • Smock Golf Course
      Smock Golf Course has been a tremendous asset to the city and hugely beneficial to charity. That was a well awarded contract and a win win for the city.
    • More Information
      Jerry Hayslett is no longer associated with Capital City Golf Management.
    • Take a look
      Take a look at Sarah Shank GC if you want to see how a win win works for the city.
    • It's likely good
      One doesn't effect the other because they are separate business entities. Having Eagle Creek available to send out for an RFP is likely a good thing for the city. If the city didn't think that they could get a better deal on the open market, it is unlikely they'd cancel the deal after one missed payment.
    • A free walk?
      So, this guy defaults on his loan obligation for one locale that is "organized differently" and yet he still gets to operate three other courses?! Please explain why that doesn't place those contracts in jepordy? It would seem this might call into question his business practices even if his partnership is different for the other courses. That should be his partner's problems, not the city's. I especially hope that the city has done a complete audit of the Eagle Creek situation to discover what caused this default. Did he not like his rate? Was there a huge drop in usage? Was there unreported transactions? The city has chosen to privatized this profitable portion of the Indy Parks to the detriment of the Parks department long ago, but that does not excuse them from ensuring that public lands that are contracted out to private entities is beneficial to the public and to the budget.

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