The Great Southern Golf Club ceases operations

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – The shareholders of Mississippi’s oldest golf course have made a very difficult decision. The Great Southern Golf Club in Gulfport closes May 9.

The original plan was to close the front nine after this weekend, but keep the holes north of the train tracks open. However, according to club chairman Ellis Hill, there simply isn’t enough play at Great Southern to make it work.

“I am very, very saddened to make this announcement. The Great Southern Golf Club has been a community treasure for generations,” Hill said. “Locals and visitors shared fond memories associated with the course. There were several deals to save the club that were close to being done, but didn’t materialize.

Shareholders tell WLOX News they don’t have enough members or public play to sustain operations. As a result, the entire golf course closes on the Monday following Mother’s Day.

Some memorabilia will be displayed by Arbor Properties, the new owner of the fairways and greens since last year. This includes photos of people such as President Woodrow Wilson and golfing legends Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen playing the course. As for the cobblestones bearing the names of club contributors and club sponsorship plaques, the club plans to allow contributors or their representatives to pick them up anywhere between May 8 and May 31. They are requested to contact the club house.

The club’s movable property, such as scrap metal, kitchen furniture and many other items, will be sold.

Great Southern is just off Hwy 90 east of Gulfport.

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