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Lansing considering subsidies to keep golf range open

First Tee served about 300 kids at the Sycamore Creek driving range last year.
Rob South, WKAR
First Tee served about 300 kids at the Sycamore Creek driving range last year.

By Lauren Talley


LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing is considering a deal that would keep the Sycamore Driving Range open and also help a youth development golf program. First Tee of Mid-Michigan offers golf instruction and guidance for youth throughout the region.


Under the proposal, the City of Lansing would pay First Tee $45,000 to run the driving range for one year. First Tee served about 300 mid-Michigan kids last year. Councilmember Brian Jeffries says other local communities should help cover the costs.

"This is a program that's regional in scope. And I'm not sure why it is the city has to fully fund the subsidy. If this is supporting kids from the region then I think the region should help fund the operation of this facility."

Lansing Finance Director Jerry Ambrose says both the city and First Tee will benefit from the agreement. City Council could vote as early as next week on the proposal.

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