The Jackson, Miss., golf course, which closed earlier this year due to budget constraints, is now under the operation of Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity. The non-profit plans to incorporate a job training program into the golf course’s offerings, teaching area students about golf course maintenance.
Grove Park Golf Course, now under a new management team, has reopened, after being closed by the city of Jackson, Miss., earlier this year, the Jackson-based Mississippi News Now reported
The golf course opened almost 60 years ago, and for some time, it was the only place African Americans were allowed to play golf in Jackson. Due to budget constraints, the facilities were shuttered earlier this year, Now reported.
The non-profit, Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity will oversee day to day operations, and will make improvements to the course, Now reported.
“It requires someone to be here every day, cut the grass every day and the maintenance of the golf course is a full-time job,” said Beneta Burt, Executive Director of the non-profit. “We have a great group of advisory board members.”
Golfers and community members will make up the board. The nine-hole course, named after golf great Pete Brown, a Jackson native and first African American to win a PGA tour event, and an inspiration to local duffers, Now reported.
“This is a historical course being that it was here in 1959 and the only black course it actually should be in the National Archives and History,” said golfer Issac Warden.
“If it’s closed, it’s no use to anybody and you know this is our home out here,” added golfer Richard Speech.
The new course managers also plan to incorporate a job training program, teaching area students about golf course maintenance, along with the skills to play the game, Now reported.
They also plan to keep their prices competitive—$24.00 to play nine holes and that includes a cart and green fees, Now reported.