After 3 months, the Oaklawn Golf Course in Marshall, Texas is still up for sale. That's after an auction failed to get any serious bidders. The City of Marshall bought the 9-hole course 15 years ago, as a way to offer more recreation opportunities to the community. At one point, it had about 100 regular members, paying about $80 a month. Now that number has dwindled to less than 40.
Jack Redmon of the Parks and Recreation Department says the golf course is costing the city between $75,000 and $100,000 a year. "Anytime the ecnomy goes down, golf clubs usually go in the closet because it's the first thing you can cut out easily," he said. If the golf course does not sell, the Commission will look at plans to repurpose the golf course into a possible park or recreation area.
However, some folks in Marshall say they want Oaklawn to remain a golf course. David Brasher's been golfing there for 40 years and says it's vital for the area's senior citizens. "One guy that's 92 years old plays out here and you know, without that, they're just going to sit at home. They're not going to have anything to do," he said.
The City is slated to make a decision at its meeting in June.