JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - If you love to play golf, finding an affordable course can be a challenge. The answer just might be found in the heart of Jackson County.
The county operated Whispering Pines Golf Course is located in Hurley, and the rates have just been lowered. You now will pay between $32 and $20 for a round with a cart, depending on the day and the time.
The decision to cut the fees was an easy one to make.
"If we get someone to come play one time, we feel that we achieved our goal and they would return," said Jackson County Recreation Director Jack Hamilton. "If we can get them here one time, then word of mouth is probably the best form of advertisement."
More golfers could lead to something even better for the bottom line.
"I think it will increase our revenue, which will increase the sales of vending, snacks, and the grill items, because we do have a grill, and Cokes and stuff," Clubhouse Manager Hope Clary said.
The lower prices are scoring well with the players like Douglas Osborne.
"I think that's a super rate. This golf course is well maintained and that's a good buy," Osborne said.
"The rates are excellent and that's why a lot of people out of Mobile come out here," Reggie Davis said. "The golf course is kept up real good and when you're retired and low on money, it's a good place to come."
Even with the new rate structure and the course being kept in excellent condition, there are some who may wonder if county government should be in the golf business at all. Supervisor Barry Cumbest believes it's a win-win proposition.
"This is just a form of recreation, and in the county, recreation is big business for us so to speak," Cumbest said. "I look at it as a service for the citizens of Jackson County."
Whispering Pines averages between 35,000 and 40,000 rounds played a year.