Former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property gets cleanup in time for Masters Tournament

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Three inmate crews and a city bush hog spent two days this week clearing the former Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property – just in time for the Masters Tournament – but there’s still more work to be done.

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The city cleans up the former Georgia Golf Hall of Game property in preparation for the Masters Tournament. City Administrator Fred Russell said its visible areas need to be cleaned in case Masters visitors venture downtown.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
The city cleans up the former Georgia Golf Hall of Game property in preparation for the Masters Tournament. City Administrator Fred Russell said its visible areas need to be cleaned in case Masters visitors venture downtown.

“The outside still needs to be cleaned a little bit,” Augusta Engineering Director Abie Ladson said. “If time permits, we’ll get the parts that you cannot see.”

Augusta doesn’t own the lush, 16-acre riverfront botanical garden once intended to house the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame but obtains permission to enter its serpentine brick walls at least once a year, to cut grass and other overgrowth visible from the street.

City Administrator Fred Russell said despite the tract’s uncertain future – it has remained property of the state properties commission since funds to operate it ran out in 2007 – its visible areas need to be cleaned in case Masters visitors venture downtown.

The prison crews working at the site reside at Richmond County Correctional Institute, a medium-security prison operated by the city of Augusta that houses about 150 male state prisoners.

The Georgia Board of Regents voted March 13 to recommend that the former golf hall be transferred from the state to the Regents for use by Georgia Health Sciences University by way of House Resolution 1376.

As of today, however, there was no legislation pending authorizing the transfer.

City, GHSU, Augusta State University and other officials have scheduled a meeting this afternoon with Jacoby Development, local developers and officials with Ripken Baseball to discuss the site’s potential uses, including as a multipurpose stadium for the Augusta GreenJackets minor league baseball team.

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specsta
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specsta 03/23/12 - 02:43 pm
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"its visible areas need to be

"its visible areas need to be cleaned in the event Masters visitors venture downtown."

I guess it doesn't matter if the Augusta residents have to see this unkempt eyesore the rest of the year. This is the problem - the city in general can look like an abandoned crack house until the Master's folks come. What does that say about the attitude of the city toward its own residents???

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countyman 03/23/12 - 03:31 pm
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I think everybody will agree

I think everybody will agree the local government can do more in terms of trash removal along streets.. The city doesn't own the property, and it belongs to the state of Georgia.. Back in 2009 an local group had to give the GGHF board 48hrs advance, and sign waivers in order to cut the grass at the site..

tckr1983
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tckr1983 03/23/12 - 04:07 pm
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Gotta love government...

Gotta love government...

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 03/23/12 - 04:28 pm
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Is that Azziz driving the
Unpublished

Is that Azziz driving the tractor?

IndianaJones
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IndianaJones 03/23/12 - 04:37 pm
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Let us think....maybe

Let us think....maybe Starbucks will come in and build

"Legends of Coffee"

BTW, maybe it would be good to give an address for a reference point to those folks that are from out of town in case some BILLIONAIRE wants to buy it and put something of interest on waterfront property.
Walden Schmidt, here is your chance.

Google Maps 12th & Reynolds Street, Augusta GA

Oh, and that pesky Title Pawn place is still there.

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