Public golf course under city council scrutiny

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville City Council members say Bradford Creek is shooting over par.

It’s a public golf course, meaning taxpayers foot the bill. But council members are concerned that not everyone is getting the most bang for their buck.

“I have been confronted by a lot of citizens who are stating that Bradford Creek, they say it’s a wonderful thing, but one of the big things we don’t see is diversity. So what are they doing about that? Why are we paying our tax dollars if it’s not a diverse course?,” said city councilwoman Kandie Smith.

Smith says the course isn’t accessible to all people. But golfers we spoke to say it’s a hole-in-one.

“If you really come out here and see how it impacts the community, then it may be eye-opening to them because it actually does a lot for the community,” said Augie Jurgensen.

“If it’s paid for by all, but only used by a few, I can’t support that,” Smith said.

Greenville Recreation and Parks Director Gary Fenton says he’s stepping up marketing efforts to reach more people.

“We just want to get the word out to people about this resource. It’s a little bit remote, and there are some people who don’t even know it’s out there,” Fenton said.

Fenton says increased outreach will help with diversity.

“To us, any aspect of our recreation program is good for everybody no matter what their ethnic background, no matter what their age, no matter their gender,” Fenton said.

Another issue raised at the meeting was Bradford Creek losing money, which is a problem it’s had for years.

Fenton says the golf course takes in about 750,000 dollars a year, but it costs almost 900,000 dollars to operate.

“We’re spending an awful lot of money from all of the citizens but we don’t see that this is a diverse course to be used by everybody,” Smith said.

Smith says if Bradford Creek doesn’t step up its game, it could lose city money.

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