It’s has been a rough decade of so for the Patch Golf Course privatized and then abandoned then a target for sale to Augusta University,but this old course as a new lease on life.
They are back having a ball at the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, something not every one expected to see.
“From where we were at one time no, no, no I did not expect this,” says General Manager Ira Miller.
The game appeared over for The Patch back in 2012 after the Scottish company leasing the course stopped making payments, maintenance ended, players left, The Patch actually closed its doors and shut down.
“Before it was pretty rough out here now the conditions are great greens are good the fairways are wonderful Augusta needs something like this I’m glad to see somebody finally took it over,” said Wayne Bibins a golfer from Harlem Georgia.
Commissioners hired Cypress Golf management nearly five years ago to operate a golf course that had become an embarrassment after hitting rock bottom.
“The biggest challenge was getting people to believe in us we got people to believe in us started coming back started,” said Miller.
Under Cypress, conditions improved the membership list grew, resulting in Augusta Commissioners to renew the contract for another five years, with no increase in the fee.
Jim Dent is 12 time winner on the Senior PGA tour, he was out enjoying the improved Augusta Municipal Golf Course.
“If you look at the golf course it’s growing the fairways and greens are like night and day the tees are better everything is better,” said the Augusta native.
“We’re excited we’re really excited about where it is at and it’s not done we’re going to keep making it better,” said John Fogel, COO of Cypress Golf Management.
The lease with Cypress golf management runs another five years so that will take the Augusta Municipal Golf Course to its 96th birthday.
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