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First Tee-Patch partnership in the works?

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The Augusta Municipal Golf Course could be heading towards a hand-in-hand partnership with the First Tee of Augusta.

"We'd share profits on a 50/50 basis," explained Chairman Paul Simon. "And it'll take some time to get to that point because it's losing a lot of money."

Simon showed commissioners during a Monday afternoon meeting just how much money the City was losing, around $200,000 a year.

It's also going to take even more cash than that to fix up 'The Patch' to its former glory.

"It's a shame to see a public piece of property end up in the shape the Patch has turned out to be," said Commissioner Grady Smith.

He remembers the days when the greens were green and is now looking at the opportunities a partnership with non-profit First Tee would bring.

"They'd be able to play and take advantage of the course over there," he said.

Simon proposed $2,000,000 in renovations, for items like the clubhouse, and beautification. Commissioners say that expense is necessary to woo players back to The Patch.

"A lot of the folks that used to be members over there will see we're getting it back in shape, and they'll come back," said Smith. "It'll take a while, but they'll come back."

First Tee's Chairman said he still has a lot of discussion left to decide a timeline for possible changes, but he's hopeful.

"You had different opinions on when and how that should be done but at the end of the day I think they'll do that," said Simon.

Grady says all it's going to take is, "money. M-o-n-e-y."

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