A Jackson County Golf Course Is Experiencing A Boom In Attendance and Revenue

Steve Kiser says, "Golf is a patient game anyway."

In fact, course officials say they're bringing in more than 300 new golfers a month from Mississippi and surrounding states.

"You ride you pay 18 or 19 dollars for 18 holes of golf you can not beat it," says Mobile resident Haskell Hughes.

"The greens are really in good shape, and the course is kept up really nice," Moss Point Resident Jerry Jacobson says.

Unlike many other courses on the coast, Whispering Pines sustained only minor damages from Katrina, allowing them to be one of the first courses to reopen after the storm.

A fact that Jackson County Administrator Allen Sudduth says is a big plus for business.

"We've been able to hold those people and expand the number of folks who are coming out and enjoying experiencing Whispering Pines," says Allen Sudduth.

Sudduth says with the increase in golfers, the course is seeing even more green these days.

And now the county does not have use tax dollars to help fund the course.

"We can take that money this year is about a hundred thousand dollars plus and put it back toward the general fund that we can put toward salaries," Sudduth says. "Were not so much here to try to make a dollar as we are to provide a good quality service to our county citizens," he says.

Sudduth hope the course can score a hole in one with more golf lovers and keep others coming back.

County officials say there is a 32 percent increase in the golf played on the course compared to last year.