Bowie Golf Course Bail Out

The City of Bowie is looking to keep a city attraction out of the deep end by buying it and turning it into city owned property. The Bowie Golf Club was one of the best in the Lone Star State.

The golf course is in dire need of some improvements and members of the Chamber of Commerce are hoping to gain support from the residents of Bowie to help push the city to purchase the golf course.

"The golf course is not in the best shape, it need some upgrades, it needs some remodeling in some areas and the city has the resources to do that," said Don Marlow, Vice President, Bowie Chamber of Commerce.

At one point in time the Bowie Golf Club was one of the top 10 courses in the state of Texas. Just last year 8,000 rounds were played there, but California owners want to sell the course. The Vice President of Bowie Chamber of Commerce thinks the city should explore the opportunity.

"What I'd like for them to do is to hire a consultant, someone who does golf courses all the time and have him do the diligence for them and tell them yes this is a good deal or no it isn't," said Marlow.

Marlow and his wife are retired and moved to the City of Bowie about 4 years ago.

"This golf course and the lake is what brought me and my wife here and I know several other people who have bought property here and this is what brought them to the City of Bowie so it does attract people to come and spend their money," said Marlow.

Marlow and the Chamber of Commerce is hoping the city will take the purchase into consideration at the next council meeting, but they cant do it alone.

"So we'll need a lot of support we would like to have the council not just the chamber full, but the whole street full outside of people supporting the purchase of the golf course," said Marlow.

The Bowie Golf Club has been listed for 1.2 million, but Marlow says there is room for negotiations.

Bowie city leaders will consider putting the golf course sale on a future agenda at the next city council meeting, that's next Tuesday, September 21st at 6 PM.

Samantha Jordán, Newschannel 6.