New management could be coming for the city's golf course

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News 12 First at Five/ 5/12/14

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Augusta,Ga (WRDW)----Augusta's Municipal Golf Course could soon be under new management again. On Monday city leaders voted to allow a company from Florida to take over day to day operations.

The full commission still has to approve the five year contract next week.

Most commissioners are happy that a Florida company is coming to take the patch off their hands. "I am pleased with this proposal. I am excited about the possibility of us making this happen in this management contract. The company has a great record of improving distressed golf courses," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

"I am and I think we can get a 10 zero vote out of an agenda item that has been extremely controversial for years," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

"I'm not saying they're getting a bad deal here. I want them to compare the First Tee's proposal to that of this company from Florida," said First Tee of Augusta Paul Simon.

Paul Simon with the First tee of Augusta put in a bid to manage the patch.
He wanted the city to put in $2 million for improvements and the non-profit would split any profits with the city.

Cypress Golf Management out of Orlando doesn't want any money upfront. The city will pay them $3,000 a month with the city getting 70 percent of the profits.

"Everybody's got some interest in this. If we perform we do well. If we perform they do well. It will probably take a few growing seasons," said Cypress Golf President John Fogel.

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