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"The Patch" Plan Would Cost Augusta $2 Million

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There could be new direction for the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, also known as "The Patch".

Under a proposal to have First Tee to run the facility, the organization would cover 25% of the shared expenses. If the course makes money, First Tee would get 50% of profits.

Paul Simon, of First Tee, says the plan would only work if the city agrees to a full renovation of the 85-year-old course. He estimates that would cost $2 million, but Commissioners say there's no budget to run the course.

"I like possible partnership with First Tee because it's such a good program. We're going to have to have more discussions on this because we do not have the funds allocated for this program right now," says Augusta Commissioner Mary Davis.

Also, there's been no discussion about the city covering the costs of a full renovation, that could close "The Patch" for 8 months.

"We do not have the money in the budget for that type of renovation," says Davis.

City Administrator Fred Russell says the renovation money could come from a future sales tax that could be voted on in November of this year.

Simon says, wih the renovation, he expects the course could make a profit of more than $370,000 a year, in the next few years.

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