Golfers remain teed off about public course conditions - - Jackson, MS

Golfers remain teed off about public course conditions

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Frustration from golfers in the Capital city mounts as they say the city is continuing to ignore needed improvements on public courses. The 9 Iron Golf Club reached out to us in June about concerns over the poor condition.

They say months later little has changed, but fees are still collected from golfers while those visiting parks and baseball and soccer fields are getting a free ride.

Players at the Sonny Guy Golf Course are becoming more and more frustrated with the greens there and at the Grove Park course.

Members of the 9 Iron Golf Club said the patchy spots still haven't been repaired and the computerized irrigation system hasn't worked in three years, forcing workers to water the grass manually.

We visited the course four months ago. The City of Jackson sent work crews, but golfers say there were no real improvements.

"When they come out here to play they pay $12.00 for the green fees. So if you look at the greens, would you pay $12.00 to play out here," said 9 Iron Golf Club president Julius Martin.

The 9 Iron Golf Club has called this course home for 53 years and has 63 members. They want their fees to come back to their home course for upgrades and maintenance.

"There are little lakes or ponds that the grass is just grown up," added Martin. "In fact about two weeks ago someone killed a snake out here."

Jackson City spokesperson Shelia Byrd said the city immediately responded after the club lodged its complaints earlier this year. It then purchased 85 brand new, gas-powered golf carts for Sonny Guy and Grove Park.

"That doesn't do anything for the condition of the golf course," Martin responded. "Those carts are $16.00 for the cart fee alone."

According to Byrd, the city has also allocated $54,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department's current budget to purchase a fairway mower to maintain the grounds.

The club hopes the city will transform the course so that they may attract more players for upcoming scrambles and tournaments, then hire professional private contractors to maintain it.

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