GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Some changes could be coming to the Bayou Vista golf course in Gulfport. Tuesday, the city council approved a resolution that opens up the possibility of new management. The city has been running the course for several years, but wants to hand over the operations.
Two years ago, the City of Gulfport picked up the task of getting the Bayou Vista golf course back in shape.
"So, we went ahead and opened it up again and did the work that was necessary to get it back as a golf course," said Councilman Ricky Dombrowski.
The city brought the course up to par, but city leaders are now hoping that it can be taken even further. They just don't think they are the right people for the job.
"We would rather have someone else that knows the business come in and run it and continue to make it successful and then just lease it from the city," said Dombrowski.
Many of the golfers hitting the links seemed to like the idea of a new manager taking over.
"I enjoy the fact that it's maintained and would love to see it maintained even better," said golfer, Michael Benson.
Benson makes the occasional trip out to Bayou Vista's 18-hole course with his buddy, Robert Wallace. Wallace thinks that management from the private sector would provide a different type of motivation to keep the property in shape.
"People who are looking to make a profit, work very very hard to make things accessible and quality so that individuals continue to be a part of whatever that venture is, particularly whenever it comes to golf," said Wallace.
Others out on the 63 acres of fairways were also optimistic about the possibilities.
"Normally, when those people take over, they're professional and they do it well. So, I think it would be an upgrade," said golfer, Ron Keel.
The deadline for anyone interested in taking the reigns is January 20.