Wichitans spoke loudly last year about their opposition to selling or closing one of the city’s public golf courses. As great as that support was, it’s even better that so many more golfers have played the five courses this year – driving up revenues 16 percent and rounds 14 percent – and that they seem newly satisfied with customer service. Projected net income for the year is almost $800,000, more than double the $325,945 of 2011. The debt on the Auburn Hills course remains a challenge, and one good summer doesn’t guarantee more. But city leaders now can view privatization as one option, rather than the system’s only hope.
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