News12 First at Five/ Feb. 10, 2014
The city is once again looking into privatizing the Augusta Municipal Golf Course. (May 23, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Patch Golf Course in Augusta could soon be under new management.
City department heads say they don't have enough money to manage it properly.
Commissioners denied a request to manage the property by the First Tee of Augusta. "We can't afford to do that. We had a procurement process. We have two companies that went through the procurement process," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.
The two companies that want to manage The Patch are Classic Golf and Cypress Golf. Those companies went through the city's contract process. Non-profit First Tee Of Augusta did not.
"Mr. Simon didn't go through the procurement process so today we will just consider the two companies that did," said Commissioner Lockett.
"We had the plan on the table and I didn't want to change anything," said Former First Tee Executive Director Paul Simon.
Commissioner Lockett says the commission already turned down Paul Simon's request. It included splitting the profits in half with the First Tee, after the city put in $2 million.
"I said that we'd like for you to do that. If you want it to make money then you have to spend money," said Paul Simon.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department is doing the fertilizing and seeding the grounds. We're told they're doing the bare minimum. At the current time, we don't have adequate funds to run the course with the budget we need to do it the right way," said Parks and Recreation Department Manager Bob Levine.
The First Tee is out for now but two other companies could step in to bring the course up to where it needs to be.