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Jackson Golf Club Closes Doors

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - After 44 years in business the owner of Highland Green Golf Course made a shocking announcement on Wednesday; the immediate closure of the historic North Jackson golf course.

On Wednesday, many golfers drove in the parking lot only to leave disappointed that their day on the greens ended before it began. "Well we came up here and it was closed. We planned on having a good day golfing," said Hayden Bradley. His buddy, Zach Sellers was even more disappointed about the closed sign. "I just looked at the sign it was unbelievable, because they've been open for a long time and I always come out here to practice," said Sellers.

Highland Green Golf Course and Range announced its closure on Wednesday.

"We've had a lot of trouble with the economy and the drought was hard on us and I decided it was time for someone else to run the golf course," said owner, Dr. Ron Bingham.

Golfers at Highland Green said it was very unexpected. "We came out here the other day and hit and played and they didn't say anything about it," claimed Sellers.

Dr. Bingham said he was not planning to shut down, especially since he recently spent more than $100,000 in remodeling the 9 hole golf course.

"I've owned it for seven years. I thought it was a nice place. It is a big chunk of land on Highland Avenue and historically it has been the place people go to learn how to play golf, practice their game."

He said his employees will continue to maintain the grounds, hopeful that someone will buy the property and keep it as a golf course.

Dr. Bingham said any golf memberships or fees already paid will be reimbursed. The golf course is up for sale with a price of $1.5 million.