- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kent State University has announced plans to close its 18-hole golf course in Franklin Township after 50 years of ownership, citing a decline in revenue and escalating operating costs.

The par 70 course along state Route 59 will remain open to golfers until the end of the month.

University officials say it was determined that the golf course would be unable to reverse its five-year trend of diminished revenue and operating losses.

The golf course was reviewed as part of an audit for the Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency, which asked the state’s universities to evaluate all non-core assets to figure out their market value.

Kent State’s budget for the course this year was approximately $500,000. University officials say it’s no longer financially viable to keep it open.

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