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City: Jones Golf From 18 to 9 Holes
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- When Nolan Deeds steps onto the course, he comes to play.
But the news that his home course, Jones Golf Course, was likely going from 18 to 9 holes messed with his head a little.
"Golly," he says, hitting a ball into the rough.
Okay, maybe that's because we were there with our camera, but he said the more holes, the better.
"As a golfer, I would much rather see it stay at 18," Nolan said.
"We like to play 18-hole courses," golfer Bob Kraus said.
Bob has been coming to Jones Golf Course for two decades, including when the city made it an 18-hole course in 2001, which means he has also seen a fair share of flooding on the course too -- and that's the problem.
"The creek likes to claim it too many times during the year," said Lisa Miller, Cedar Rapids golf superintendent.
This last round of flooding forced the city to consider the change -- either pay more than $32,000 to repair the last 9 holes or invest $12,000 to convert it to a 9-hole course.
Miller said the front nine is still a premiere golf course. That, along with the changes they plan to make, they expect the golfers will still come.
For instance, parts of the back nine would become a driving range, a short, 3-hole 'academy course', and more learning space.
"If it's going to be a beautiful course, then I'm sure I'll continue to play," Nolan said.
There are two public meetings at Jones Golf Course Wednesday at 1 and 6 p.m. for anyone with questions or concerns.