Augusta Municipal Golf Course timeline

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January 1997: Augusta's Recreation Department takes over full-time management of Augusta Municipal Golf Course

September 1997: The Augusta Commission hires former Goshen Plantation Head Pro Guy Reid as head pro of Augusta Municipal Golf Course, which hadn't had a pro since the resignation of Mark Avery a year earlier. Also hired was James G. Swift & Associates to develop an improvement plan for the course

December 1997: The commission agrees to fund using sales-tax dollars a $1.7 million improvement plan that includes a new irrigation system, clubhouse, cart storage building, maintenance shop, practice range and putting green and the redesign of the 15th and 18th holes. The improvements are completed in 1999

December 2006: An audit that unearthed financial mismanagement leads to the arrest of course Head Pro Guy Reid for theft of two bank deposits totaling more than $3,000. Recreation Director Tom Beck is placed on employment probation in part for ignoring problems at the course

2007: Saying the course is doing well under current staff, the Augusta Commission votes against opening bids from firms interested in managing Augusta Municipal Golf Course

October 2009: City Administrator Fred Russell proposes closing and selling Augusta Municipal Golf Course to help shave a projected general fund deficit of $8.6 million

March 2010: Augusta State University officials acknowledge that acquiring and developing the golf course property is among options included in the university's expansion plans, while an internal audit finds "substantial improvements" have been made since a 2006 audit, but that inventory and sales continue to be improperly tracked

June 8, 2010: Meetings with Patch players lead to an action plan developed by the recreation department that proposes to increase course revenues through marketing, hole sponsorships, new memberships and raising prices

June 15, 2010: Led by Commissioner Joe Bowles, six commissioners, including J.R. Hatney, who later tried to change his vote, agree to ignore the in-house action plan and instead send operation of the course out for bids from private firms.

September: The Patch in Augusta LLC appeals the rejection of its bid to lease the city golf course and capitalize on Masters Week play. The bid was rejected because the firm lacked a city business license

October: The commission agrees to establish a new committee comprised of Patch players, Augusta State University and Paine College officials, Richmond educators and First Tee of Augusta representatives to recommend a direction for the course

December: The commission votes to seek new proposals from private firms seeking to operate the golf course, but grants the committee another 60 days to seek solutions for the course's woes. Requests go out to a dozen golf firms but The Patch in Augusta LLC again is the only bidder to respond

February: The Patch committee returns with numerous recommendations for improvements at the course. The recommendations arrive in the form of a study authored by Affiniti Golf Partners, hired in July 2010 to manage Forest Hills Golf Course

July: Recreation Director Tom Beck presents three options for the golf course: Management by Affiniti, a lease to The Patch in Augusta LLC or leaving the course under city management

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