Golf Partnership Voted Down in Commission

By: Travis Ragsdale
By: Travis Ragsdale

News 12 This Morning

August 7, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW)--Augusta city commissioners are looking at new ways to revitalize the Augusta Municipal golf course The Patch.

An original partnership was crafted to align The Patch with the First Tee Program. In that partnership, the First Tee would assume management of The Patch after a two million dollar investment by the city for course improvements.

If the course were to become profitable, the city and the First Tee would split the first $100,000 50/50. The next $100,000 would be split 60/40 in favor of the city.

But all of that was for naught as the city commission voted down the proposal Tuesday night.

"Would you want to spend 2.5 to 2.7 million," asked commissioner Grady Smith, "or would you rather have a couple more bids come that they haven't even opened yet and discuss what they might do?"

However, the opposing side felt that the proposal that was voted down last night, was the best course of action.

"I know what should be done with the Patch based on the proposals we've seen and it should be a partnership with the first tee," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

One group actually proposed an alternative in which a private company would invest $5 million of their own money to go towards revitalizing the course. But this plan also called for a $2 million investment from the city.

"My plan is to renovate the municipal golf course," said Anthony Griffin, CEO of Griffin Athletics, "and to make it a metroplex golf facility. A practice facility where it trains golfers and teaches golfers and also bring in some different innovate ideas for the game of golf."

The city will now start from scratch to rehabilitate the much discussed Patch.


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