In August of 2009, Chennault Park Golf Course underwent a major face lift. They built new greens, tees, and worked to improve the condition of the turf. But while the course is moving up the leaderboard, its lack of a bar and grill or banquet facilities is keeping tournaments away.
“We're the only 18 hole golf course in the region that does not have room that when we have a tournament to put people inside in a climate controlled setting where they can actually do an awards ceremony or awards banquet," said Director of Golf, Michael Nugent.
City council will vote tonight on whether to approve the renovation that will give the public course a country club appeal. That appeal could make monroe a hotspot for competitive golf.
"We'll be able to go to markets like Alexandria and Jackson where Monroe is the hub and try to have local and regional tournaments with a full service facility with the amenities that people want," Nugent told NBC 10 News.
Regular golfers have taken notice of the improvements to the course and look forward to an improved clubhouse.
"I think it will be a real addition. Ofcourse they need to do renovations on the course itself, but the clubhouse will be a great addition to our facility," said golfer Sonny Standifer.
With the council’s approval, work on the clubhouse would begin in December with golfers swinging by in the summer of 2011.