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DWFP taking over maintenance at LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A sign at the entrance of LeFleur's Bluff State Park Golf Course says it is temporarily closed.

The golf course once cost the state $50,000 a year to operate. The state decided it would be smart to lease it out and did exactly that in November of 2008.  A private company known as the Ebenezer Group started paying the state $15,000 a year for the right to operate the course.   

In April of this year, after complaints about the golf course falling into "an unsatisfactory condition", the Ebenezer Group gave it up. Since May 1, the state has been working to improve the course. 

We talked with Ramie Ford, Director of State Parks, about a truck that belongs to a very well known golf maintenance guy, Randy Watkins.

"Randy has been a consultant with us for Quail Hollow Golf Course, for I believe three years. And we just asked him for this period of time to be an extension of that contract, to help us with his other golf course staff, expertise, advising us on what kind of chemicals, what kind of fertilization that we need to do, and help us get it into a condition that our folks can do," said Ford.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks plans to operate the course through the summer and make a decision about its future by the fall.

If they can't make money with it, they hope to find somebody who can. 

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