PALESTINE, ANDERSON COUNTY - Students will have a place to golf and sharpen their skills in business, hospitality, ag-science and other areas once plans to transform the former Meadowbrook Country Club into the state’s only school-sponsored golf course are complete.
Palestine ISD will expects to open Wild Cat Course, the state’s first school-sponsored golf course, in May or June.
The course is the former Meadowbrook Country Club, located north of downtown on N. Link St., which closed in 2009.
The school district is leasing the nine-hole golf course from Grace United Methodist Church for $1 a year.
The golf course had rapidly declined after Meadowbrook closed and needed work. Grass and underbrush grew, trees fell and wild hogs rooted up the greens and fairways.
High school career and technology students did much of the work to revitalize the golf course and will support the course when it opens this summer.
Ag-science students will contribute by maintaining the golf course turf and machinery. Business classes will be involved in running the club, and hospitality classes will staff it.
The golf course is being designed in a way that will prepare students to earn certification in golf course management from Texas State Technical College in Waco.
Such conversations among students have involved types of grasses, the lay of the land, helping with the irrigation system and piping and design and engineering.
Plans are to sell memberships, making the course self-sufficient and not a burden on taxpayers, according to Larissa Loveless, Palestine ISD’s director of public relations. She stressed that a large bulk of funding has come from donations.