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City leaders discuss future of The Patch, patrons save on membership fees

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Jerrick Clark's putting might not be up to par with other golfers around The Patch, but it's his first time here.
 
"When you're in college you have a lot of stressful days, and this has been the least stressed out I've been all semester," Clark said.
 
Clark said he's thinking about becoming a member; perfect timing. Starting this week membership fees at the patch have plummeted to $45 per month.  Substantially lower other area golf clubs who's membership fees cost more than $100 per month. The offer comes immediately after a Virginia Beach management company withdrew their bid to run the Augusta Municipal Golf Course.
 
"The one that we recommended, obviously didn't work," said Fred Russell, city administrator. "They've withdrawn at this particular time. We have been notified; we got calls from the two other people that they're still interested."
 
The city may reopen negotiations with two Florida management groups who put in their bids. At the rate it's going now,  the city is losing about $100,000 per year managing The Patch on its own; using SPLOST dollars and employees from the Parks and Recreation department to maintain the 18-hole course.

For decades this golf course has been a part of this city. And some commissioners say The Patch has the most reasonable membership fees, which is why they're trying to get the ball rolling by hiring a new management firm.

"What we need to do is get someone in here and manage it to make sure that all the monies are properly appropriated," said Commissioner Bill Lockett.
 
And until the city can find a group to take over The Patch, its patrons will continue reaping the benefits, of playing for cheap.
 
"I like the prices here," said another patron at The Patch. "The prices here, the people are nicer, to me."

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