JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The swing of a club at St. Andrews Golf Course in Jackson County may be a thing of the past. But, those who live there are now holding out hope that a game of golf will again be a reality there in the future.
The cart paths are now barely visible, and the tee boxes are overgrown, but those who used to frequent these links say the St. Andrews Golf Course was the place to play.
"I bought here specifically for the golf course and I played here at least 100 times since I've been here," said resident Alan Doyle.
Doyle acts as the president of the St. Andrews Home Owners Association. He said he's cautiously optimistic about the defunct course opening again. Others in the area aren't so sure.
"There's always been rumors, but they always turn out to be just rumors," said resident Glenn Gindlesperger.
Some are more hopeful. "I do believe that sometime in the future a golf course will come back here," said resident, Jim Harris, a former president of the St. Andrews HOA.
Harris said he's seen the course change hands from previous owner, Greg Williams, to a group out of Florida, and to two different companies. Right now, he said Doyle is taking the reigns of the HOA and moving the community in the right direction.
Harris hopes Doyle's efforts will include bringing the course back. But, he knows there's a big hill to climb to make that happen.
"It's going to take a lot of money to bring it back up to a good playing standard," said Harris.
According to Doyle, the price tag to renovate the course could be in the $2.5 million range. But, he said there's reason to believe that an effort to bring the course back is getting legs.
Doyle said a new resident of the community is chasing some leads with various golf developers. But, it's in the very beginning stages.
"These are private negotiations and they probably don't want the general public to know what all is going on at this point because they don't know which way it's going to go," said Doyle.
Doyle said he's hoping and praying that the course will come back to revitalize a once thriving community. He said several of the condos that had been rundown near the club house have now been renovated by Western Capital.
A property management company named Royal American currently owns most of the 450 acres of land in Jackson County that includes the golf course. A Royal American representative told us that the company is pursuing options for the course.