Family fights to keep downtown Austin golf course


SYDNEY:AN AUSTIN STAPLE AND THE ONLY GOLF COURSE DOWNTOWN COULD BE UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP – ALL BECAUSE OF A PAPERWORK ERROR.BUTLER PARK PITCH & PUTT IS A 9-HOLE COURSE WHOSE LAND IS LEASED OUT BY THE CITY. ROBERT:AS KXAN’S TOM MILLER EXPLAINS, THE FAMILY THAT’S OPERATED IT DURING ITS ENTIRE 71 YEAR HISTORY IS FIGHTING TO HOLD ON. NAT – GOLFINGNESTLED BETWEEN SKYSCRAPERS AND THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF DOWNTOWN IS AN AUSTIN ORIGINAL THAT HELPS KEEP THE CITY WEIRD. NAT BUTLER PARK PITCH & PUTT IS THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE TANK TOPS, BARE FEET AND FOUR LEGGED COMPANIONS ARE PAR FOR THE COURSE… JUST THE WAY LEE KINSER LIKES IT. LEE KINSER – BUTLER PARK PITCH & PUTT OPERATORIT’S MORE THAN A BUSINESS TO ME, IT’S FAMILY. THE COURSE HAS BEEN IN THE KINSER’S FAMILY SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1948.LEE KINSER – BUTLER PARK PITCH & PUTT OPERATORTHIS IS MY FATHER IN LAW WINSTON AND HIS SON AL. HOWEVER THAT’S IN JEOPARDY AFTER A PAPERWORK OVERSIGHT. KINSER ACCIDENTALLY FAILED TO SIGN A PAGE OF HER BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO THE CITY. THE NEXT DAY THE CITY SENT HER A LETTER SAYING HER PROPOSAL WOULDN’T BE CONSIDERED. THEN HER APPEAL WAS DENIED. WHEN KXAN REACHED OUT TO THE CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WE WERE TOLD IT CAN’T COMMENT ON REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS, LIKE THIS. CONOR LEE – GOLFERIT’S KIND OF LIKE A SLOWER, EVERYONE IS HERE TO CHILL, JUST GET THEIR SHORT GAME GOING, PUTT A LITTLE BIT. GOLFERS HERE SAY THEY LIKE THE WAY THE COURSE IS BEING RUN AND WORRY ABOUT IT CHANGING. CHRIS CARPENTER – GOLFERI CAN IMAGINE PEOPLE PUTTING A INTO IT AND CHANGING IT ALL UP, HAVING TO CHARGE MORE.MANY ARE WRITING LETTERS TO CITY LEADERS… PLEADING WITH THEM TO KEEP THE COURSE WITH THE FAMILY THAT CREATED IT. LEE KINSER – BUTLER PARK PITCH & PUTT OPERATORALL I’M ASKING FOR IS FOR MY BID TO BE CONSIDERED ALONG WITH THE OTHER TWO, AND TO BE GRADED FAIRLY.IN AUSTIN, TOM MILLER, KXAN NEWS.ROBERT: LAST YEAR 35- THOUSAND PEOPLE PLAYED GOLF AT BUTLER PARK PITCH & PUTT.THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL HAS THE FINAL SAY ON WHO WILL BE THE NEXT OPERATOR.IT’S EXPECTED TO

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