Westchester on course for wasting funds

(07/14/03) HUDSON HILLS - Some Westchester residents are claiming that tax dollars are being wasted on the new Hudson Hills Golf Course, which is supposed to be the county's answer to high priced country clubs.

Westchester golfers generally have two choices when playing their favorite game. They can either play on one of five county-owned courses, or on one of the exclusive private courses found throughout the county. The new Hudson Hills course is designed to bridge the gap between the public and private courses.

Some Republican county legislators in White Plains say the $15 million being spent on construction is needed elsewhere. Critics also say borrowing for the work has been manipulated to avoid asking voters to approve the spending.

County Executive Andy Spano (D-WC) pushed the job forward after taking over for former County Executive Andy O'Rourke. While the Republicans are critical of the cost for completing this golf course, Spano's people point out that the work was begun under a Republican administration.

The current plan is for Hudson Hills, which will be the sixth golf course in the county park system, to be ready for play in the spring of 2004. There will be a higher greens fee than the other courses, but the actual price has not been set.

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