WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A long awaited project is finally finished in Wilmington, and the city celebrated Thursday morning.
Seven years after the city of Wilmington purchased inland greens golf course for $500,000 the golf course is once again open.
What was once an 18-hole par three course has been converted to a nine hole course with extensive drainage improvements.
The other nine holes were transformed into a public park, complete with a walking trail, bocce courts, and more, for a grand total of $2.7 million. It was funded by the 2006 Parks Bond, City Capital Improvement Program and storm water funds.
“We appreciate everybody’s patience with this project. But we really feel that we’re open now and we’re looking forward to everyone coming out,” said Wilmington Parks and Recreation Program Specialist Marian Doherty.
Doherty was excited to see the project finally finished.
“I love to see the golfers come back, we’re standing here as some of the golfers are finishing up, and just hearing the feedback from them,” said Doherty.
That feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
“I love it, I love it. Just to be able to come out here for an hour and spend some time outside,” said Cameron Byers, who has been golfing since he was a kid.
Byers is thrilled to have a nice course so close to home.
“I actually had to hit the odometer just to see how close I was,” he said.
Tyler Carter, who golfs for the First Tee of Wilmington, and hit the ceremonial first tee off with Mayor Bill Saffo, says it will be a great place to perfect his game.
“I think it’s going to be a great place to come and practice, I mean, brand new, who wouldn’t want to come up here?”