WEST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) - A City of Cincinnati owned golf course has seen its last four-some on the tee. Dunham golf course off Guerly Road in West Price Hill will not open this spring because the city can no longer afford to pay the taxes on the property.
"The state has basically said that we now have to pay property tax for golf," said Cincinnati Recreation Commission Director, Chris Bigham. "So that adds an additional $320,000 to our expenses."
The predominately par-3 course opened in 1977 and has always operated in the red. The city says it can no longer take money from its other courses to keep Dunham open.
"A lot of kids love to play golf, you know, might want to be the next tiger wood or you know. Somebody else, you know," said Price Hill resident Jackie Williams.
"I find it to be terrible, you know, that's where people go to enjoy themselves," said resident Shay Jones.
Dunham golf course is part of a sprawling sports complex that includes a water park and playground area and sits on 14 acres of land. Some suggestions for the property include a dog park, frisbee golf course and a running track.
"It could be a lot of different things can go up here because this is a beautiful place to come, you know, like now its very peaceful," said Williams. "You don't have to worry about a lot of violence and keep the kids off the streets and give them something to do."