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I was disappointed reading Bob Young’s Augusta Chronicle column Aug.18 (“Repurposing the Patch: City property’s future could lie elsewhere”). Bob wants repurposing of the property, suggesting a city-county park. The idea is certainly thinking out of the box.

I do not think our problem here is the lack of imagination, but rather one of clear thinking and action. First of all, most golfers playing the Patch are not looking for free golf; they are expecting to pay a fair price. There have been legitimate offers of companies ready and willing to remove most all cost from us taxpayers. One would ask then: What is the problem? I think we all know where the problem is – total failure with our Augusta Commission.

Our commission is sitting on a decision allowing the Patch to decay, turning down offers of cost savings. How could it be more clear? We should not lose the Patch because of the inability to make a clear decision. This may be one of those problems that is just too simple, so we work hard making it more complex.

Our city-county course is needed. Lots of old folks like myself, young people and others very much enjoy the old atmosphere displayed in the 1928 layout. Many of our Patch players are asking the commission to take a deep breath and select a management operator before it is well too late.

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deestafford 08/27/13 - 07:54 am
The letter writer makes sense

The commission has been offered some feasible alternatives and because of squabbling they have all skipped through their fingers. As long as they dilly dally fixing the problem is going to be much more expensive.

I'm in agreement that Bob is thinking out of the box but I don't think a park would be the best use for that land and particularly in that neighborhood. There is a need for a municipal golf course in just about every city...especially Augusta.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/27/13 - 07:57 am
Not Most

Okay, the letter writer says that most golfers at the Patch are not looking for free golf. I don't know how he can make that determination, since I doubt that he knows most golfers.

But even if he is correct, it is still that pernicious minority of golfers, the golfers who do, indeed, expect and demand free golf, who sully the reputation of the Patch.

jimmymac 08/27/13 - 09:13 am

Augusta's tax money would be better spent paving Broad street than on the PATCH. What a poor example to present when your main drag is a jumbled pothole mess and nothing is done about it. While they decide what to do with the Patch, Rome burns.

chascushman 08/27/13 - 09:55 am
"Bob wants repurposing of the

"Bob wants repurposing of the property, suggesting a city-county park."
If they did the thugs from the section 8 housing would take it over.

ImPOed 08/27/13 - 12:39 pm
The Patch

I say sell it to Georgia Regents and let them turn it into their 2nd Campus. It makes sense.
But at the same time if you're going to hold on to the patch get a company that will take pride in it and do it justice. Actually, a Park would not be such a bad thing either. We don't have any real good parks in the City that you can go to and enjoy the family. Maybe a water park too, and some other form of amusement including a outdoor auditorium for concerts. It would be a great location for that instead of snake and mosquito infested river walk. Just my opinion.

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