With the club’s first major renovation since 1964, some residents are opposed to the city spending funds to replace greens, widen and expand tee boxes and add 500 yards to the course.
To the dismay of some residents, Mesquite (Texas) Golf Club is getting a $2 million makeover with the city footing the bill, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
The renovation will be the club’s first major one since it opened its doors in 1964.
“We feel that now is the best time to make renovations in the course while we can attract golfers and try to increase revenue at the course,” said Cliff Keheley, Parks and Recreation Director for Mesquite, a Dallas suburb with a population of nearly 150,000.
Planned facility upgrades include replacing the 48-year-old greens, widening and expanding tee boxes, and adding about 500 yards to the course, NBC 5 reported.
“The greens have met the end of their useful life, and it’s becoming harder to maintain them,” Keheley said.
Some residents are welcoming the changes. Others, like Brad Underwood, doubt the necessity of the project, NBC 5 reported.
“My concern [is] the money is not being spent fairly with the rest of city,” Underwood said as he addressed the City Council. “These men have a multimillion-dollar complex to come and play golf in that’s well-maintained [while] our children have dilapidated football [and] soccer fields.”
The club will close for the renovation from March to September 2013. The course’s price range will remain the same after renovations, NBC 5 reported.