St. Andrews residents consider buying bankrupt golf course

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Folks in the St. Andrews Community are considering buying a private golf course that abruptly closed in their neighborhood. County Supervisor John McKay said the course belonged to South Marsh Developers, and has fallen into bankruptcy. Now a bank owns the property.

"Completely frustrated," homeowner Sheila Garland said of the shut down.

Homeowner Bob Bliss agreed, "I am very aggravated."

The neighbors said what's more upsetting is how bad the property looks now.

"Many of the homeowners are taking time and using their own equipment to try and mow the greens and fairways," St. Andrews Home Association President Speedy Spivacke said.

Still, there are overgrown weeds covering the pool house and dirty brown water in the pool. On the greens, there's trash and high grass.

"It looks like crap."

Bob Bliss said his house value is dropping because of the problems on the course.

"I have a house probably worth $200,000 before they closed. It's now $150,000," Bliss said.

Community members said if an investor does not buy the property soon, they'll just find money to buy it. They feel something has to be done to get this golf course back open.

"As a last resort, we are trying to see if we have enough interests on the part of people that live in this neighborhood to see if we can raise enough money to make an offer to the bank," Bliss said.

The community members don't know how much the course will cost. Supervisor McKay said he's asked the former owners and the bank to be more transparent about price and the future of the private course.

"There seems to be no willingness on the part of Regions Bank to work," McKay said. "I talk to the owners and they have excuse after excuse, and reason and reason."

These concerned neighbors know there will be no easy remedy to this situation, but they're not giving up hope.

WLOX News contacted South Marsh Developers and Regions Bank before posting this story, but no one returned our phone calls.

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