Great Southern Golf Club officially closing May 9th

The shareholders of Mississippi’s oldest golf course, Great Southern Golf Club, will officially close on Monday, May 9th.

Great Southern Golf Club was built in 1908 as a nine-hole course to accommodate tourists staying at the Great Southern Hotel owned by the founder of Gulfport Captain Joseph T. Jones.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the area and the original clubhouse was destroyed.

In July 2013, a new 4,800 square foot clubhouse opened and offered a modern pro shop, the 1908 Bar and Grill, and ball room and meeting spaces.

As time went one, membership declined. According to Club President Ellis Hill, there is not enough people playing at the golf course to keep it running. “It’s very sad. It’s truly sad. This has been such a fond place with so many memories for us, so many people in the community. For it to be closed after all this time, it’s just very, very sad.”

The clubhouse has been sold to Arbor Properties and they plan to build homes on the land.

Those who have sponsored the club and contributed can pick up their plaques between Sunday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 31st.

Things left in the clubhouse will be sold.

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