Tight finances close Hickory Hills Golf Club in Gautier after 55 years

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Credit: PGA TOUR

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) – Owners have closed a 55-year-old golf course on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as they faced decreasing revenue and an expensive annual contract to lease carts.

Workers at Hickory Hill Golf Club in Gautier pulled all the flags and the course shut down at the end of play Monday.

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One of the four owners, Kenny Hughes, started in the golf business 34 years ago at Hickory Hill. He tells the Mississippi Press that the decision to close the course was difficult. He says older golf courses face competition from newer ones developed by casinos.