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City of Cedar Rapids recommends closing of Jones golf course

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Following an internal review of the four Cedar Rapids golf courses, the city is recommending closing Jones golf course for budget purposes.

In a release, the city said the purpose of the review of the Parks and Recreation Department was to identify ways to close shortfall in the budget that accounted for over $342,000 in the last three fiscal years.

Other options to close that gap were to outsource management, selling one of the courses, contracting golf pros, expanding concessions and merchandising, and adjusting prices but ultimately the city felt the best decision was to close Jones golf course.

The city has three other golf courses; Ellis, Gardner, and Twin Pines. Of the four, Jones had the greatest financial loss and the fewest amount of golfers.

Much of the financial loss is accredited to flooding of it's Prairie Creek, saying the course has had either full or partial closings 22 times in the last 16 years. A market analysis done showed that the course is in a poor location based on it's surrounding demographics.

The 70-acre parcel of land would be potentially used as wetlands for land credits, prairie conversion, and a sod farm for the Parks and Rec facilities and projects. Long term plans may include the addition of a dog park, an improved disc golf course, and trails where gold cart paths once were.

Other recommendations changes made by the city include a reduced tee time and increases to season passes at Ellis and Garner.

By completing these recommendations the city says it will allow $430,000 for golf operations to close the budget gap, plus additional income to repay past debt.

Recommendations are expected to begin in the 2017 golf season.

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