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Bayou Vista Golf Course Set To Open In Late July

Golfers will return to the old Tramark Golf Course in Gulfport by late this summer.

A new management team has changed the name of the course, but promises to upgrade the facility and keep it affordable for area golfers.

Lawn mowers and weed whackers are helping transform the neglected grounds. The former Tramark course hasn't been touched since the hurricane.

"We've got about ten or twelve people out here working with us today, trying to bring the golf course back as quickly as we can," said Alan Thomasson, one of two partners who won the bid to manage the city-owned course.

Adding lots of water is a necessary first step. Thirsty greens need plenty.

"Each green is a different little project in itself. It's like having 18 babies out there that you've got to spoon feed and keep them nourished," Thomasson explained.

"Now this is the old three, five, six and seven fairways right here," said Jim Karr, while giving visitors a cart's eye view of the course layout and progress.

"It's got great potential. We've probably got more grass on these fairways already than most other golf courses," Karr said proudly.

"Yesterday we cleared out the lake area right here. And we'll be coming back picking up more limbs and trimming and getting it looking good," he said, "We've already ground up about 35 stumps and have about 30 more to go."

The golf holes will remain basically the same, though golfers will follow a different route around the par 70 course.

One of the most noticeable changes in the golf course will a new clubhouse in a familiar old building. The former headquarters of the Humane Society will become the clubhouse overlooking Bay Vista Golf Course.

"All the golfers are stopping by. They're anxious, they're ready to go. They're playing at other courses and they want to come back home. And that's what we're trying to do. We're trying to expedite getting it ready," said Thomasson.

Bayou Vista plans on opening with a weekend tournament on July 29th.

Golfers will be happy to know greens fees will remain reasonable. The cost will be $20 for 18 holes, with a twilight fee of $15 after 3pm.  

By Steve Phillips

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