Bryan municipal golf course may be reduced in size

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:26pm

The 18-hole Travis B. Bryan municipal course in Bryan has never been a stranger to controversy.

In 2011, the city tried to sell the land to developers but residents opposed the referendum by 72 percent.

Now, the city council is asking the parks and recreation advisory committee to hit the drawing boards yet again.

"It's just an opportunity for them to really have, I'm going to call it, a blank slate and look to see if there are other options out here and opportunities," said Bryan deputy city manager, Hugh Walker.

Last year, the Bryan golf course lost $260,000 so the city council wants to figure out how to get the course out of the red by earning more green.

"For a municipal course, in comparison with some others and especially with the times, I think it's not too unusual but I think the council just wants to make sure the property is being used best for the community," said Walker.

One option being discussed is reducing the size of the course, from 18 holes to 9, cutting playing time in half but avid golfer Susan Adams thinks that would be a bad decision.

"I just think it's an asset," Adams said. "Anytime you have a nice 18-hole municipal course, you know that people can afford to go to, I think is a wonderful thing. I hope they don't close it."

Walker says the city is still in the early stages of discussion and until a final decision is made, there won't be any changes made to the course.

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