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Pipestem par-three course among WV park cuts

PIPESTEM, W.Va. — A local state park golf course is scheduled to close in early September as part of the state’s effort to save money after a budget shortfall.

The par 3, or 9-hole, golf course at Pipestem Resort State Park will be closed after Labor Day.

“It’s been pretty painful,” Kara Moore with the state parks system said. “The parks were able to take a look at their facilities … what was costing the most and what was being used the most heavily. Par 3 course was one of the least used.”

 Based on usage and cost factors, the decision to close the par 3 course was “almost scientific,” Moore stated. “But that’s not to say there’s no local pain when you lose a facility.”

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced plans to address a projected budget shortfall of almost $1 million in the upcoming year…

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