Castlewoods Country Club, located in the dry Rankin County of Brandon, Miss., has obtained resort status from the state—meaning it can now become the only retailer of liquor in the county other than the Jackson-Evers International Airport.
Castlewoods’ clubhouse was subsequently issued an on-premises retail alcohol permit in early December from the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control of the Mississippi State Tax Commission.
“We obtained the license simply because we met the definitions set by the legislature [which changed liquor permit requirements in 2004],” Castlewoods’ managing partner, Cecil Muse, said in an article in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “We did it because it enables us to host events that we otherwise couldn’t have in the past, such as weddings. And it gives us the opportunity to offer additional amenities to our membership.”
Castlewoods’ 400 members have access to a 27-hole private golf course with a clubhouse, golf and tennis pro shops, a pool, and tennis courts.
Muse predicts applications for membership next year will rise as a result of obtaining the permit—and doesn’t worry about residents who have been debating liquor sales in the county for years.
“The bottom line is this will increase tax revenue for the county. It’s a win-win situation,” he said. “As for any others who may be displeased? It is what it is.”
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