Rainy winter, Canadian dollar reasons for Tony Butler deficit

HARLINGEN — Running a golf course is kind of like farming.

So golf pro Eddie Medlin keeps his eyes on the weather.

For two years, rainy winters have sunk the Tony Butler Golf Course’s budget into the red.

But city officials hope to plan new events to better promote the Rio Grande Valley’s second-oldest golf course.

This year, the golf course’s revenues fell to $1.2 million, leaving a $21,800 deficit.

“We’ve had a couple tough years,” Medlin, who heads the golf course, said yesterday.

For two years, he said, steady rains have driven away Winter Texans during the golf course’s peak season running from November through March.

But this year’s been the “toughest” since he took a job at the golf course in 2002.

That’s because a plunging Canadian dollar stopped many Winter Texans from coming to the Valley.

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