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Fewer Golfers Using City-Owned Courses

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The city maintains the grounds at Bing Maloney, William Land and three other golf courses. Last year, golf operations posted a loss of $552,000. This year doesn't look any better.

Sacramento City Auditor Jorge Oseguera says people are playing fewer golf rounds.

"With people being unemployed and with the economy not turning around it impacts the availability of individuals being able to recreate using golf."

Oseguera says there's also a lot of competition from other golf courses in the area.  

Although golf operations were down, there was enough cash in the city's Golf Fund to cover the losses. But Oseguera says if the city keeps providing maintenance, it's likely future losses would affect the city's General Fund.

Oseguera will present his findings to the City Council tonight. A decision on whether to contract out golf maintenance is expected next month.

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