SANFORD, Fla. - Sanford taxpayers are about to sink in hundreds of thousands of dollars into what could be a risky venture.
The course has been neglected for years.
Just feet from the greens is a maintenance truck that's been sitting so long, weeds are growing out of the hood.
Avid golfers Glen and Carol Rose agree the course is not what it should be.
"They've allowed the grass to go slack. There are
That's in addition to the dilapidated cart paths, broken windows, even toilets that can't flush because of septic tank issues.
All problems that the previous
City leaders have agreed to spend nearly half a million dollars to fix them.
"It's an awful lot of money
It's no secret golf courses don't make much money.
DeLand recently closed its course, and the Winter Springs course went into foreclosure.
City leaders said the model they're following is the one of Orlando's famed
It's a risky shot, but leaders said they hope it'll pay off.
"There is a risk
Another example of the problem:
The city is hiring a private management company to run the course.
The city says it should take between three