Modesto Municipal Golf Course Could Close

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The city of Modesto is talking about closing one of the city's three golf courses.

The city of Modesto is looking to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from its subsidy golf budget, and they think the best way to do that at this point is to be able to get rid of or change hands when it comes to the ownership of the Modesto Municipal Golf Course.

Right now, between the three courses, the city pays over $700,000 annually to keep them up and running.

However, if they were to eliminate the Municipal course, they would save about $400,000 annually, which sounds nice.

But for the people who have been playing on this course for decades, the thought of it not being around anymore is troubling.

But it's not just golfers, The First Tee of Central Valley organization also operates out of the Municipal course.

The executive director of the organization said she thinks the city will make sure they have a home, even if it's somewhere else.

"We have a long relationship with them. It's always been a positive and giving relationship. And we're not worried that we won't have a home. The city has assured us, the city manager has assured us, that First Tee will have a home," Cathy Mendoza said.

The issue of what to do with the course is going to be taken up at the finance committee's meeting Monday night.