RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A nine-hole golf course in southeast Rapid City that was run by the local YMCA has closed.

Rapid City YMCA leader Roger Gallimore told the Rapid City Journal that the course was "a great tool for building character" but operating costs became too great of a burden. The YMCA has seen its operating losses grow annually since 2007.

The YMCA spent about $60,000 more maintaining the course than it recouped in course fees last year, Gallimore said.

"You really hate to see it go, but again, this one was just not sustainable," he said. "We had a great run."

The YMCA notified the city in January that it would no longer operate the course, said city spokesman Darrell Shoemaker.

The decision comes 15 years after the course faced a funding issue. Gallimore and former Mayor Jim Shaw reached an agreement where the city contributed funds to the course from 2004 to 2006, Shoemaker said.

The city was the owner of the property while the YMCA was the operator. The goal was to help the YMCA as it searched for grants and additional funding.

"This was a great partnership, and if nothing else, we managed to lengthen the life of the course," Gallimore said.

Parks Division Manager Scott Anderson said officials are in the early stages of identifying uses for the property and many ideas have been submitted. A group of disc golfers attended a Parks and Recreation advisory board meeting in March to request the creation of a disc golf course, according to meeting minutes.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com