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October 02, 2013

Government shutdown closes golf courses across America

Posted at 12:54 PM by Pete Madden | Categories: Barack Obama, John Boehner

Course Closed
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When the U.S. government officially shut down Monday amidst a political standoff between President Barack Obama and a Republican-led House, thousands of federal employees were put temporarily out of work, government services grinded to a halt -- and a wave of cancelled tee times shelved golf bags across the country.

Andy Zunz of FOX Sports reported that courses administered by the National Park Service were forced to close in the absence of an approved federal spending plan.

"This is horrible, this kills our business," said a representative from the Historic National Park Golf Courses of Washington, D.C., which administers East Potomac, Langston and Rock Creek Golf Courses. "We have gorgeous weather and thousands of government employees at home who would love to be out golfing. If this goes on for much longer, it's going to be a major hit to our company."

Highland Links Golf Course in Truro, Mass., Grand Lake Golf Course in Grand Lake, Colo., and Wawona Golf Course in Yosemite Valley, Calif. are just a few of the other courses turning would-be hackers away until the politicians work out their differences.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Democrats say they will reject a bill offered by Republicans that would reopen select portions of the government, including the national parks.

Sounds like it could be a while before the government -- and its golf courses -- open for business.

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