JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Typical sounds on a golf course are clubs striking balls with a whack. Now, heavy equipment will soon join the chorus.
On Thursday, Jackson County supervisors broke ground on a new $1.2 million clubhouse at the Whispering Pines Golf Course. The old clubhouse built in the 70s will soon be a thing of the past, replaced by a new state of the art facility.
"It's tired. It's over 40 years old. It's time for something new so I think it's going to work out really well," facilities manager William Diamond said.
Golfers think the same thing.
"I think it just adds to the Gulf Coast area, and we're going to be proud to have new people come and enjoy golfing," David Clark said.
Whispering Pines doesn't make money for the county, but that isn't important - affordable recreation is.
"When people are looking to move here, or people that want to stay here, they look at all the opportunities that we have for them here, and it's a big draw for us we feel like," county supervisor Barry Cumbest.
A new clubhouse will offer something else as well.
"I think it will be easier because we'll service food in one area, and golfers to go golf in the other area, and I just think it will make things easier," said clubhouse manager Hope Clary.
Whispering Pines plays hosts to hundreds of golfers every single day. In fact, 38,000 rounds were played in 2016; many by senior citizens. And for them, the new clubhouse means out with the old and in with the new.
That's the opinion of Richard Good. "Someone is caring out there....something nice for us rather than the old 40 year old stuff. It's good to have new stuff," Good said.
Cumbest adds it's also good to pay for the clubhouse the old fashioned way.
"We saved up money over a period of years. We knew we wanted to do this project," said Cumbest.
Construction on the new $1.2 million clubhouse will take about a year, and the course will remain open for play. After that, the old one will be demolished.