Patch gets 'sparkle' back

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Augusta’s commissioners are often maligned by the citizens of Richmond County. At times they are thought to be doing too little about some matter, or doing the wrong thing or wasting taxpayers’ money. However, when they leased the Patch to the gentleman from Scotland, they got it right.

Not only is the city making a profit – and not, by their own account, losing more than $100,000 per year – but the best part is that Augusta now can be proud of its public course on Highland Avenue.

The Patch always has been a gem of a course, but years of hardship and neglect caused her to lose her sparkle. However, in just a few short months of tender loving care, her sparkle and shine are returning. All is getting better. The clubhouse not only is clean but the pro shop is tastefully appointed to display the golf wares for sale there. All players are greeted with a smile and a welcome. The grill is inviting with tables covered in linen cloths, and flowers as centerpieces on the table. If hungry, the aroma of the soup of the day will entice one to try a bowl.

The course is in the best shape that I, as a frequent golfer at the Patch, have seen in a long time. The greens are in great shape. Only two greens, Nos. 15 and 18, are not quite there yet but are coming along nicely. Fairways are getting better and, along with bunkers, are well-kept, and the tee boxes are in better shape than ever.

I congratulate the commissioners on a job well done. Golfers can enjoy a round of golf on a beautiful course that offers a bit of a challenge and a lot of fun. With the improvements there, I see only gain for the city of Augusta and Richmond County.

Norma M. Ingram

Augusta

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omnomnom 04/13/12 - 12:52 am
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Not that big into golf and

Not that big into golf and I've never played at the Patch, but I've heard from several golf friends that the course has looked the best it has since they started playing.

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etlinks 04/13/12 - 07:41 am
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Thanks should go to Mr.

Thanks should go to Mr. Hendry.

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Retired Army 04/13/12 - 08:10 am
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Now, let's give him that

Now, let's give him that $300,000.00 from the city coffers and at $1,000.00 per month payback why we'll be on course for a privatization profit in no time.

Of course let's ask the owners of local open to the public golf courses like Pointe South(in the best shape with it's new and matured greens, cleaned up tee boxes, weeded fairways and overall appearance of it's 20 years) or Spikes Goshen Plantation(nice layout but still to be avoided during rainy spells) what they think of the deal. Wonder what these privatley owned businesses that contribute to the tax base at no cost to the taxpayer could do with 300k of free taxpayer cash?

Gordon Lakes is a prime example of public misuse for recreational funds. With all the advantages taxpayers give the course, their price structure is outrageous. But that's what happens when the government gets into the profit business as Ft Gordon's recreational services are.

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justthefacts 04/13/12 - 08:27 am
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RA, just courious, who get

RA, just courious, who get the profit generated at Gordon Lakes?

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Retired Army 04/13/12 - 10:47 am
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JTF, at the time I worked in

JTF, at the time I worked in the system, profits from one section were directed to non profitable sections through organizational shenanigans.

The worst example was the Ft Gordon Officers club back in the day. Never profitable for a variety of reasons, at one time it had an Enlisted Mans club listed as an annex to it and directed those profits to a general fund making the officers club now profitable. Not only dishonest, but shameful. It has been since addressed by club consolidation.

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justthefacts 04/13/12 - 10:54 am
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You got my attention so I

You got my attention so I looked up the green fees. $28.00 on the weekend seemed reasonable to me. Running a first class golf course is not profitable these days.

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Retired Army 04/13/12 - 11:15 am
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JTF, the whole picture

JTF, the whole picture please. $28.00 plus $16.50 for cart rental for a total of $44.50 for 18 holes.

Comparable to other courses in the area without the expenses taxes, land costs, utilities etc private business endures. They should not have any mortgage or capitol improvement costs as the land was free and development long since paid for.

I don't know about liability insurance and they start their unskilled summer labor at $10.92 per hour. They do keep costs down through a volunteer for free golf Marshall and cart barn help.

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justthefacts 04/13/12 - 11:36 am
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What's Goshen charging?

What's Goshen charging? Forest Hills? Unless they have let it go, Gordon Lakes is far superior to those two. I was a member at Goshen for 20 yrs, and last I heard it is terrible now. I don't think $50 bucks is out of line for GL, unless things have really changed. It is a great layout.

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Retired Army 04/13/12 - 11:49 am
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JTF, have you been to Pointe

JTF, have you been to Pointe South latly?Best course for the money in Augusta especially senior rates during the week.

All the work is now paying off and the only threat seems to be the word getting around and starting to crowd up.

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