Mesquite Golf Club to Get $2M Makeover

Residents criticize multimillion project

Mesquite's municipal golf course is about to get its biggest transformation in decades, but some residents say they don't want to spend the green on the greens.

The city plans to spend nearly $2 million for the Mesquite Golf Club's first major renovation since it opened in 1964.

"We feel that now is the best time to make renovations in the course while we can attract golfers and try to increase revenue at the course," said Cliff Keheley, city parks and recreation director.

Upgrades include replacing the 48-year-old greens, widening and expanding the tee boxes and adding about 500 yards to the golf course.

"The greens have met the end of their useful life, and it's becoming harder to maintain them," Keheley said.

Golfers such as Lucky Floyd welcome the changes.

"I've been coming out here about 15 years, and it really got in bad shape for a while," he said.

But residents such as Brad Underwood, who recently addressed the City Council, question the need for the project.

"My concern -- the money is not being spent fairly with the rest of city," he said. "These men have a multimillion-dollar complex to come and play golf in that's well-maintained in; our children have dilapidated football fields, dilapidated soccer fields."

The golf club will close down for renovation in March. Golfers will be tee-off again in September 2013.

"I think that it's worth the money, because I think it will bring a lot of the young folks and, of course, us old folks will keep playing," Floyd said.

The city plans on keeping the golf course's price range the same after the renovations.

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