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I think there is a real chance that the next mayor will find ways to fix many of the city problems that the present mayor has proven wholly incapable of doing. There are all sorts of methods to upgrade Cobb's Creek GC, including as you say a mixture of public and private money. It is possible that the USGA might make a grant (as they did at Glen Mills) timed with the Walker Cup or US Open that will be held in the region over the next 5 years."Costs to city golfers should be kept lower, but out of city players would pay significantly higher fees (similar to Bethpage), and perhaps even some type of formal clubs established."Are you proposing some sort of UK model where there might be some private clubs (made up of public golfers) with some privileges on the public course? This could generate some additional revenue to the course (a portion of the club's fees goes to the course in favor of some prime tee times or other privileges) and also generate a lot more pride and a sense of connection to the course.
Mike:Are you familiar with the Thompson brothers (Andy and Ray)---two really fine amateur golf champions over the past some decades in this region?I could be wrong but I seem to recall that Ray Thompson had to do with managing Cobbs and maybe a few of the others in the last decade or so.I never really talked to him about it specifically but I think it was a pretty daunting task dealing with bunch of small time bureaucrats and the structure that has to do with places like Cobbs.
Mike,If possible, count me in for a meeting at Cobb's as well.Thanks,Geoff