CREATED Apr. 5, 2013
Reporter: Justin Schecker
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A diamond in the desert is in danger of shutting down, so today east side golfers are rallying to keep the Fred Enke golf course open.
More than 120 golfers will tee off this afternoon in the Save Fred Enke Tournament.
Tournament organizers say the main goal is to show the public the course is still open and in good condition. The Fred Enke Golf Glub organized today's event.
"The people on the east side of town, we're pretty certain want to maintain this as a golf course, not as a park," Fred Enke Golf Club President Pat O'Donnell told 9 On Your Side.
Local businesses are also making donations to show their support for keeping the course open.
"It's usually in pretty good shape and it has reasonable prices," said Lee Hart, who visits Fred Enke on a weekly basis. "If the city closes it, it is going to be a loss."
Due to the budget, the Tucson City Council plans to close or repurpose Fred Enke and the El Rio golf course later this year.