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St. Andrews residents losing hope golf course will ever re-open

For two years now, it's been a golf course community without a golf course. The St. Andrews golf course and clubhouse closed without warning in July of 2010. For two years now, it's been a golf course community without a golf course. The St. Andrews golf course and clubhouse closed without warning in July of 2010.
Since then, the people who live there have struggled to attract a buyer or developer. So far, nothing has happened, and it doesn't appear if that's going to change anytime soon. Since then, the people who live there have struggled to attract a buyer or developer. So far, nothing has happened, and it doesn't appear if that's going to change anytime soon.
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

For two years now, it's been a golf course community without a golf course. The St. Andrews golf course and clubhouse closed without warning in July of 2010. Since then, the people who live there have struggled to attract a buyer or developer. So far, nothing has happened, and it doesn't appear if that's going to change anytime soon.

Bill Harris lives off what used to be the 10th green.  The only balls he see these days are the ones he uses to play fetch with his dog.  He misses the golf course and the people who came to visit.

"The community just doesn't feel quite the same. It doesn't feel like an upscale vibrant community anymore," Harris said.

With golf balls no longer dropping into a water hazard, something else has dropped in St. Andrews as well.

"Property values have dropped bad," Adele Rimmel explained. "You can see they are selling out here. Part of it has to do with the economy, but some of it has to do with the golf course."  

When the golf course and the clubhouse closed abruptly two years ago, obviously that did damage to the close knit community. However, some of the residents who live here feel something else that happened almost seven years ago did ever greater damage. 

"I don't think it will ever recover from what Katrina did to it," said long time resident Bill McMahon. "A lot of people don't think that way, but I do. When Katrina came through, I told people around here it would be 10 to 12 years before we recovered and they didn't believe me. And now I don't think it will ever recover."

Some people, like Angela Jones, are more optimistic about the future.  But she is also a realist.

"I come from a family of golfers and we're disappointed that someone hasn't noticed the potential in this area. I mean this is a beautiful area," Jones said. 

It's that untapped beauty that has the people who live here keeping their fingers crossed that better days will come.    

Meanwhile, volunteers with the St. Andrews property owners association are still doing their best to keep the golf course from becoming overgrown.  Several members cut the grass on the fairways on a regular basis.

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