The Port Arthur, Texas property was largely destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and left unattended for years until the Port Arthur Renaissance Group began a $1 million project to fix the property a year ago. Wild hogs that tore up the ground delayed the planned fall 2013 opening, and the new target date for opening is May 1.
At The Palms at Pleasure Island Golf Course in Port Arthur, Texas, wild hogs have caused a delay in preparing the course for public use, the Port Arthur-based 12 News KBMT reported.
The Palms was largely destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and left unattended for years, but Kevin Johnson with the Port Arthur Renaissance Group has been working for the past year to get it back up and running—a roughly $1 million project paid for entirely by private investors, KBMT reported.
“We’ve probably hauled off somewhere in the neighborhood of about 140 truckloads of debris,” Johnson said.
Johnson had originally hoped the course would be open by the fall of 2013, but said wild hogs started tearing up the ground, causing delays, KBMT reported.
“About every acre we would get prepped, a quarter of it that afternoon would get destroyed by hogs.”
The hogs causing trouble were caught and are no longer an issue, Johnson said, and that the new target date for the opening is around May 1, KBMT reported.
“We’ve got a lot more work to do—we just want to make sure when this thing opens that it’s a premiere golf course.”
Work on the irrigation system still needs to be completed and the grass needs to be fertilized once the weather warms up. The course plans to host a two-day invitational tournament for the grand opening, KBMT reported.