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Draft finds few faults with golf course

The Glen Oaks Golf Course, operated by the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, is "effectively managed and well-maintained," according to an early draft of an audit by the National Golf Foundation.

The audit came in response to questions in December by City Commissioner Fred Thomas _ questions that sparked a long and nasty public feud with the foundation and its supporters. Thomas said there might be better uses for the city-owned land.

The audit, which is expected to be finalized and presented to commissioners this month, indicates that the city could make $25,000 to $30,000 per year from lease payments if it leased the course to a for-profit business. Since 1984, the city has leased the 27-acre course at 1345 Court St. to the non-profit foundation for $1 per year.

If the city wanted to lease the land to a for-profit company, however, the social service programs offered to young people at Glen Oaks would be lost, the audit points out. The audit does not specifically address those youth programs, other than to say that 300 to 375 children are served per year.

In terms of operating a golf course, the foundation received high marks. It was marked down, though, for a lack of established procedure to report financial information to the city.