Whispering Pines Golf Club could be closing sooner than later.
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At the request of city councilwoman Susan Grissom Means, a motion to close the course will be on the agenda at Myrtle Beach City Council’s next scheduled meeting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28. A date of closing is not included in the motion, but likely will be discussed during the meeting and a 9 a.m. council workshop that will precede it.
The 6,700-yard course, which first opened for play in 1962, is the only city- or government-owned course among approximately 100 on the Grand Strand.
Assistant city manager Ron Andrews says the course has lost an average of approximately $250,000 annually over the past four years. Andrews doesn’t foresee the course closing in the immediate future.
“I’m not sure closing it immediately would be something they would do,” Andrews said. “I think there should be some consideration for the employees.”
In the case of a vote to shut Whispering Pines down, Andrews is working to prepare a master plan for redeveloping the course’s 200 acres that he’ll present to City Council.
He intends to create recreation pods within the property that may include various athletic fields and courts for sports such as soccer, baseball, tennis and basketball; a park; a cross country running trail; and a special events area for activities such as car shows, festivals, etc.