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Closed Whitehaven course might get reprieve

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis city council's park committee recommended that Whitehaven Golf Course, which has been closed for the winter along with three other courses, be re-opened for 90 days until a total audit of all the city-owned courses can be completed.

Shelby County Commissioner Sidney Chism, though, believes the cost-cutting measure isn't worth losing the area's amenities.

"$47,000 - $45,000 savings on a golf course is not enough for the city to be talking about closing golf courses of a public interest, and nothing in East Memphis is closing down," he said.

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City-owned courses Whitehaven, Crockett, Pine Hill and Riverside closed for the winter season in early December.

"Either to keep them all open and find the money, or you would close all of them seasonally, which would, either one of them, would draw a stir," said Memphis Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr., "Or the third thing you find particular ones in particular areas to make it even across the board."

Division director Janet Hooks said the city is trying to develop a business plan and conduct an audit to make all city golf courses more profitable.

A full vote on the issue was pushed back to late January 2013.

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