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Real estate developer John McRee broke ground last July on the Southaven Golf Center in Mississippi – a nine-hole executive course that opened this spring. A pro shop and 300-yard practice range compliment the 3,000-yard course, which will feature McRee’s signature 3rd hole, a 450-yard double-dogleg par-5.
“We wanted to build a user-friendly golf course. There are no elevated tees or greens, so older people can play it more easily,” said the 82-year-old McRee, who tackled his first golf course project in 1962 in Memphis, the Windyke Country Club.
The facility occupies 65 acres near Southaven Airport’s flight zone. In 1999 the city of Southaven demolished 200 houses on the property in anticipation of building the course. McRee leases the land from the city for $1 per year for 20 years, at which point the city will assume ownership.
One of the unique features of Southaven Golf Center is its sloped practice range, where golfers can hit uphill, downhill and side-hill shots from grass practice tees. “The only time I get shots like that is when I’m on the course,” the jovial McRee told Cybergolf.