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Yahara or Monona: Golf debate continues

As the Madison Parks Commission weighs all financial options surrounding the city’s four public golf courses, the question is whether to close the 36-hole Yahara Hills Golf Course or the nine-hole Monona Golf Course, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Yahara has been bleeding money for years and is in need of millions of dollars to repair, but losing 36-holes would cut public golf-hole availability in half, from 72 to 36 holes.

The city’s courses are intended to be self-supporting but have lost money in eight of the past nine years. Each has capital needs amounting to millions of dollars but Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has no interest in subsidizing them.

The only options, it appears, are to close either Monona and sell off a portion for private development along Monona Drive to help pay for Yahara Hills, or shut down Yahara Hills, which Soglin says would not “derive capital” for the city because the land, he says, would have no other use.

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