News 12 First at Five/ Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Soon a Florida-based company will take over day to day operations at Augusta's city golf course.
Cypress Golf Management will be hiring around a dozen new employees.
City leaders say even though the patch is changing hands again things will be different this time.
"The Patch is not a lost cause. You just don't have no one to really put money into it. You've got to lose first before you gain," said Golfer Herman Barkley.
Barkley and Tony Brooks play the 18 holes at the patch several times a month. They've seen what the city has and hasn't done to the course. Now, they're excited about what Cypress Golf Management could bring.
"I hope they bring better greens, a better course, and try not to kill us poor golfers who play every day financially," said Barkley.
"The city is doing the best they can with limited resources they have. Hopefully these people will come in here and give it a chance," said Golfer Tony Brooks.
Cypress Golf Management tells News 12 that's exactly what they plan to do. We've learned they'll begin hiring around 12 employees next week. Company Representatives say they'll work to make the greens greener and the fairways fairer.
Staff is also working on adding more food options and alcohol making the patch a place to hold events as well. All this will cost the city $3,000 a month with the city getting 70 percent of any profits.
"There is a lot of history here and this is why we love to come to play," said Brooks.