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Ponta Creek golf course gets great facelift

By By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
Aug. 1, 2003
The Ponta Creek golf course at the Meridian Naval Air Station has made some recent renovations and is now better than ever.
The main changes came on No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5. The greens on all three of these holes were rebuilt and made larger. New grass was also added on the holes.
To go along with the improved greens, sandtraps were added on No. 3, No. 5, No. 7 and No. 8 to help make the course more challenging.
The course has four different tees to play from. It has the blue and white tees along with gold tees for the seniors and red tees for the ladies.
The 18-hole, par-72 course has a total yardage of 6,595 from the longer tees and is 4,828 yards for the ladies. Senior tees are 5,639 yards and the other tees have yardage of 6,216.
A new irrigation system was also put in on the front nine this spring so now all 18 holes have irrigation to improve the course. The course also now has 60 one-year-old golf carts for the public to use while playing a round.
The course is located at the Naval Air Station and is open to the public. Player's passes and multiplayer passes are available and there are other offers such as the semiannual pass for people to purchase.
After the 9-11 tragedy, business went down at Ponta Creek because of the heightened security, but according to Gordon the business is now starting to do better.
All the public needs to get to the course is a driver's license, car registration and insurance proof. No weapons are allowed on the base.
The course is also having its first 4-Ball Tournament this weekend. Sixty-to-70 teams are signed up to compete in the tournament. Spots are still available for anyone who wants to play in the tournament and see the improvements to the course.