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Allocating $ for golf courses could cost $400K

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Four low performing golf courses are closed, for the winter, for now.

But the issue is not dead.

Whitehaven, Davy Crockett, Pine Hill, and Riverside golf courses are now all closed for the next few months.

The move will save the city about $42,000.

But in two weeks, the Memphis city council will take up the issue again.

Councilman Joe Brown does not want these courses shut down.

"All these golf courses you're talking about closing are in the African-American community," he said. "That's just not right."

The parks department says keeping these courses open will require the council allocating $300,000 - $400,000 to the parks budget. During budget season earlier this year, the council agreed to close several golf courses for the winter, and permanently close the Whitehaven Golf Course as a cost saving measure.

But that position has evolved as the public has spoken out over the last few months, which means somehow coming up with more money right in the middle of the budget.

"Ultimately this council is going to have to decide, core services, raising taxes, funding? We cannot keep going back and trying to piecemeal things," said Councilman Shea Flinn. "We make decisions during the budget."

The council will take the issue up again in two weeks, their last council session of the year.

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