A company from Scotland will officially run a formerly public golf course in Augusta. The Augusta Commission approved this during its meeting Tuesday. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 20, 2011)
News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Augusta commissioners cannot agree on what to do with The Patch, however, they all agree the city's golf course could be used better.
Recently they voted down joining forces with the First Tee of Augusta.
A new company is now showing interest.
"The Patch is not for sale. It never will be for sale as long as I'm there," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
"Let private enterprise take it over; we own the property," said Commissioner Grady Smith.
Anthony Griffin, CEO of Griffin Athletics, has a plan.
"If it's of God, they will get it. If not, I won't be disappointed," he said.
He wants to manage the course and add a fitness center, a driving range and a restaurant. Griffin's company is planning to put up $5 million to make it happen.
"All that was good; it's what you have to do to attract people to your city," Williams said.
"Wouldn't you rather have a couple of more bids come in and discuss what they're going to do first?" Smith said.
The profits will be split 60-40. Sixty percent to Griffin Athletics and 40 to the city.
"They can keep their $2 million; I just need a letter of commitment. We would then use my funding. I don't need any of their money," Griffin said.
Some commissioners want more time to make sure the next swing at The Patch hits the mark.