HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville City Council voted last week to terminate the contract with the management company that runs the Becky Pierce Municipal Golf Course. Before the city signs on a new contractor, they plan on closing the course.
Alex Smith works at the Becky Pierce Municipal Golf Course. “If the golf course is closed and it’s closed for a long period of time, I have no other options but to find another job," he says.
Smith hoped he could transition to a new management company when Robertson Golf Management's contract expires December 31st, but now the city plans to put that on hold.
“If we’re going to put a course out with the city’s name on it, we’re going to make sure it’s quality," says Steve Ivey.
Ivey is the Huntsville Parks and Recreation Director. He says the city will close the course, for as long as it takes, while they evaluate what all needs a face lift.
“The irrigation system, they know there’s leaks there. The greens got a lot smaller over the years. They’re asking us to investigate that, and see what we can do to improve the greens. The clubhouse, it obviously needs a new roof," says Ivey.
He says they also believe the cart paths will need repaving, shelters improved, turf inspected, and the 30 year old irrigation system replaced - and that's just what they know about.
“It will be a lengthy process for us to find out everything but I think that’s the only way you can be fair about it is knowing what we’re getting into," says Ivey.
Smith believes this work can be done without closing down completely. “You can close 6 holes at a time, 9 holes at a time," says Smith.
Smith and other employees have started a petition. In one week, they've already nabbed 250 signatures.
“We’re planning on going to the City Council to change their mind," says Smith.
Just like reading a putt, Ivey says to do it right, it's going to take time. “We will make this process as fast as we can, but we’ve got to be thorough," he says.
The employees behind the petition are holding a Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday November 19th, to raise awareness about their cause. For $15 dollars you receive a 10 minute lesson on the driving range, a round of golf, lunch, and the change to win apparel. Tee times begin at 7:30 am.