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Tucson Considers New Uses For 5 Public Golf Courses

For the past decade, golf courses have felt a whiplash from the Great Recession. Here in Arizona, the greens maintenance and use of affluent water has sparked debate in Tucson over its 15 public golf courses.

Tucson's City Council began taking public input Friday on five of those courses, including the Fred Enke, Silverbell, El Rio and two 18-hole Randolph courses at Reid Park.

The last two are protected by deed restrictions and continue to be profitable, and federal laws limit what can be done to the El Rio and Silverbell courses.

So far, ideas have ranged from redevelopment for business and residential use, and even closure.

Tucson has 40 private and public golf courses, all facing declining use. The National Recreation and Parks Association calculated that's twice as many courses than the area can sustain.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.