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Augusta Commissioner Proposes Putting Maintenance Money Into "The Patch"

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Augusta's city leaders will be starting over at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, also known as "The Patch".

As we first reported, the city will go back out for bids to find someone to run it. It's been a year since private managers walked away from "The Patch", and that has left the city operating the course on a shoestring budget.

Conditions have gotten so bad players call it "embarrassing". 

It could be two months before the city finds an operator, and some Augusta Commissioners say sales tax money approved for the golf course should be put into maintenance, in the interim.

"We have deliberately withheld funding because I know SPLOST allocated $250,000 for...and we put a new roof...fixed the roof when Hendry had it. That took less than $50,000. We got $200,000 right there, if this government decided we're going to do something with it," says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

Commissioners rejected a proposal to partner with First Tee of Augusta; however city leaders say First Tee is free to resubmit its proposal.

The city is looking for someone to manage, lease, or even purchase the golf course.

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