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Commissioner Says Condition of The Patch Is A Shame

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Matt Herren finished up 18 holes at The Patch, golf course, but to hear him tell it it's not really playing golf.

"It's kind of in disrepair right now the tee boxes all messed up it's kind of like hitting off of dirt, the greens some of them have grass, he said.

Months of no maintenance have taken a severe toll on the course, the city is again going out for proposals to find a private operator, and meanwhile the Recreation Department has submitted a proposal for more than $580 thousand dollars in the 2014 budget to fully staff and operates the course next year.

But right now the city currently operates it on a shoestring.

"Some of the greens you know you putt on them, you got little canyons you for little valleys balls goes left ball goes right," says Floyd Strausser a Patch regular.

This week the Georgia High School Association announced it is  bringing the state golf championships back to Augusta next May.

 1000 kids needing 14 courses, and though courses in Thomson,Waynesboro and Columbia County will be hosting events The Patch didn't make the cut, and commissioners say for the city owned course in the home of the Masters that's nothing to be proud of.

"Well we're not proud of it  it's been back in our hands for over a year now we just haven't designated the funding or adequate funding  to really address it and get it back up to par we've been trying to figure out what route we're going to go with it," says Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson.

"Well I think it's shameful. I can understand why they would avoid because we haven't done what we are supposed to do," says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

In its current condition the High School association wanted no part of The Patch current players are not surprised at all.

"No it's not a good display of Augusta golf, in my opinion," said Herren.

They saw it its pretty bad," said Strausser,

"It's embarrassing?"

  "It  is yes", he said.

"There's no excuse I just hope this is some type of incentive or motivation for us to go on and do what we need to do with that particular golf course," says Lockett.

The tournament Director for the state championships, Wade Marchman, says The Patch was looked at to host an event  in 2011 for the 2012 tournament, but the concern was the city was preparing to lease it so there was a question of whether it would be available.

The same for next year Marchman says a lack of stability at the course and of course condition kept The Patch out of play.

Bob Levine Recreation and Parks Director say the Request for Proposal has been presented for commisisoners to make informal comments they'll have until November 15th to do so.

The plan is to then turn the RFP over to the Procurement Department November 22nd.

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