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Cedar Rapids considering making Jones a 9-hole golf course

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The City of Cedar Rapids Park and Recreation Department is hosting two open houses on Wednesday to gather input on converting the Jones Golf Course from an 18-hole course to a 9-hole course.

The city says consistent flooding on the course since 2001 has prompted them to look at the change.

The back nine holes closed for the 2013 golf season due to flooding earlier this spring. The Parks and Recreation Department says repairs from this year's flooding will cost the city $32,480.

In addition to converting the course to nine holes, officials would modify three holes to make a small par-3 academy course. One hole would be reserved strictly for instruction, another hole would be converted into a new driving range and they would expand the putting green in front of the clubhouse.

That would mean only three complete holes and the fairway of another would return to their original flood plain state.

The conversion to the Jones Golf Course & Learning Center would be complete by the 2014 season at a cost of $11,877.

The Parks and Recreation Department says the idea of converting the course to nine holes was also brought forward by golfers who say they would prefer to have a 9-hole course in Cedar Rapids.

The open houses will be held on Wednesday at the Jones Club House, located at 2901 Fruitland Boulevard SW, from 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

There will be a short presentation and golf staff, along with the Parks and Recreation Director, will be in attendance.

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