$800K+ Subsidy for Highland Park Golf Course Debated by Cleveland City Council

City of Cleveland's Highland Park Golf Course

A 2019 subsidy of $806,000 for Highland Park Golf Course in Highland Hills sparked debate last Friday among members of Cleveland City Council over whether it is a good use of tax dollars.

The expense prompted some council members to question whether the City should be in the golf business, particularly for a course that isn’t located in Cleveland proper.

Matt ZoneOther council members mentioned race as a justification for subsidizing the golf course. West-side councilman Matt Zone defended the course as a place where people of color can play.

“Golf has traditionally been a white man’s sport,” Zone said. “This particular golf course is the black man’s country club. They golf there because they feel like they are at home.”

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