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Five city-owned Wichita golf courses in financial trouble

August 12, 2011

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— At a time when fewer people are golfing, Wichita city officials are trying to decide what to do with five city-owned golf courses in financial trouble.

The courses are not making enough money to pay their debt obligations. Currently, tax dollars aren't used to support the courses. But the city has not required the golf system to make all the payments due.

The troubles are caused partly by a drop in use. The Wichita Eagle reports that the courses are operating at 47 percent capacity. Last year, use was at a 15-year low.

The city held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss options. The idea of closing one of the courses was suggested but no definite plans have been made.

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