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Sonny Guy golf course under city control

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The City of Jackson has taken over the Sonny Guy Municipal Golf Course, again. The current management company walked away Tuesday, saying their contract was up. 

"We played on the seniors tour and we played at Patrick Farms, and at Castlewoods, this golf course was just as good as those were and they privatized it, and it ain't worth anything," said Larry Miller, A retired railroad worker. 

Miller remembers the glory days of the golf course.  He says he plays there now because of the low cost, $6 for nine holes or $8 for 18 holes.  

67-year-old Tommy Thornton was given the contract to run the course under former Mayor Frank Melton.  He said his contract was up March 1st and he walked away. 

"You got downtown running it, this one over here running it, another one over here running it, and I got tired of it. And I said y'all can have it now. There is not enough money in the country to get me back." 

A lot of retired people use the course like former railroad locomotive engineer Wayne Powell, because he is on a fixed income. 

"What's the condition of the course, about as bad as it can be…been that way for several months. Greens are neglected, I don't think the fairways have been mowed since last summer." 

City spokesman Chris Mims says the city will try to find a management company to take over the course.

"We have staffed it with city employees and we will run it until we get a new management company."

After 3 On Your Side contacted the city about the golf course, about ten people were sent out to start renovating.

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