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State-run golf course remains in red after opening

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 10, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

WYNNE — Financial records show that a state-run golf course has lost about $1.5 million in operating costs since its opening two years ago.

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism took over management of The Ridges, a 27-hole golf course in Village Creek State Park near Wynne. Officials say the project was planned as a public-private partnership, but the state took over operations after a private partner went into foreclosure.

The Jonesboro Sun reported that the course is projected to have a nearly $800,000 loss for fiscal year 2015.

Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts said the state didn't want to walk away from an unfinished project. He said he expects the course will eventually break even financially.

Arkansas also runs a golf course at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... July 10, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

"Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts said the state didn't want to walk away from an unfinished project. He said he expects the course will eventually break even financially."
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And at what cost will the "eventually" come to? Sir you may very well be fired.

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hogfan2012 says... July 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

They need to publicize the course more. It was designed by Andy Dye and is probably one of the most challenging courses in the state. If this course were located in the greater Little Rock area, it would be full every day. Golfers need to take a day trip and check it out!!!!

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