Letter | Independent audit might shed light on Whispering Pines woes

05/13/2014 4:42 PM

05/14/2014 5:57 AM

Re: April 26 article, “Future foggy for city course”

If Myrtle Beach City Council can't find a way to make money on a golf course that was given to them at no cost by the United States Air Force maybe they should consider giving it to someone else to run to see if they can't do a better job.

Before they plow the course under for another underutilized soccer field or softball diamond the citizens should require an independent (not council picked) accounting firm to come in and audit the books to see if all of the "losses" ($250,000 per year for the last four years, per the article) are attributable directly to the golf course or the result of spreading losses among the various city departments through creative, but legal, accounting practices.

Possibly a collaboration between the teachers and students in Horry County high schools, academies and HGTC's golf course management program could find a way to make the course profitable. Isn't that worth a shot ?

The writer lives in Socastee.

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