Pork Pays for Golf

Enjoy golfing at a state course this summer if you like. But be sure to thank the Tennessee taxpayer for paying part of your green fees—according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, state government paid $2.3 million in 2008 (compared to $436,500 in 2006) to subsidize 12 state-owned golf courses. The center says only one of the courses, Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in the Chattanooga area, broke even last year. Here's how much the others set the state budget back:

  • Chickasaw/Henderson: -$372,015
  • Cumberland Mountain/Crossville: -$134,961
  • Fall Creek Falls/Pikeville: -$209,238
  • Harrison Bay/Harrison: $86,723
  • Henry Horton/Chapel Hill (Tenn.): -$264,954
  • Montgomery Bell/Burns: -$192,150
  • Old Stone Fort/Manchester: -$44,076
  • Paris Landing/Buchanan: -$95,523
  • Pickwick/Shiloh: -$535,783
  • T.O. Fuller/Memphis: -$282,901
  • Tims Ford/Winchester: -$233,948
  • Warrior's Path/Kingsport: -$21,758
  • TOTAL: -$2,300,584

Source: 2009 Pork Report, Tennessee Center for Policy Research and Citizens Against Government Waste