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As Palmilla golf course preps for reopening, some neighbors aren’t happy

Posted at 6:22 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 19:29:09-04


June 1 will mark the grand reopening of the Palmilla golf course on Mustang Island.

The course has been closed for over a year now since being destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. However, the new Palmilla will have a major face-lift.

“We decided to make the change from 18 holes to 9 holes,” Gregory Carr an Asset Manager with McCombs Properties said.

There is a long list of reasons why the change from 18 holes to nine was made, but a big one was money.

“In the past decade 800 golf courses have closed and we did not want to be one them.”

They are hoping the shorter course will attract experienced and inexperienced golfers.

While some golfers and the Palmilla community are excited about the new course, there are some who are not.

Those living at the neighboring Sun Flower Beach are not happy. They thought they were purchasing property with a view of the golf course. After Harvey, that all changed.

“I was totally upset with that because I went to the city council meetings and listened to them tell me that the golf course was destroyed during the hurricane,” Gene Grant a resident of Sun Flower Beach said. “I watched them water it for nine months cut the fairways out and move them to the back nine.”

Grant is aware of the positive economic impact the course will bring to the Port Aransas, but wishes the course was still 18 holes.

“The golf course is a big plus for the city of Port Aransas to bring tourists,” Grant said. “I feel like they should work on trying to put it back together.”