Green fees going up for some Jackson County golfers

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

HURLEY, MS (WLOX) - If you want to play on Whispering Pine's greens, it will cost you a little more green. Four bucks to be exact.

According to Recreational Director Jack Hamilton, it was a pretty tough decision to raise green fees, but a necessary one because of skyrocketing equipment and supply costs.

"It's something we studied on a lot. We knew the price of groceries and the price of gas impacted everyone that comes out and plays. Unfortunately, the price of fuel, fertilizers, and things that we deal with have increased too," Hamilton said.

The increase didn't surprise golfer Robert Taylor. In fact, he said he was expecting a price hike.

"People that work here, they need a raise, and utilities have gone up," Taylor said.

But Hamilton knows not everyone will be such a good sport. And he's hoping the price hike won't keep golfers off the greens.

"We have had a few that have grumbled a little bit. We are running around 2,500 to 3,000 rounds per month, so if we can continue with that, I feel we will be okay," Hamilton said.

Whispering Pines regular Charles James said even with the price jump, the course is still affordable.

"It is competitive with the other courses, so I think it is fine," James said.

The green fee price hike went into effect October 1st, the start of the new fiscal year.