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City-Owned Golf Course To Reopen Saturday

Blue Cypress Golf Course
Courtesy Blue Cypress Golf Course
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The Arlington-area Blue Cypress Golf Course is reopening Saturday, April 10 after a year-long renovation. The upgrades consisted of resurfacing the tees, greens, fairways and driving range. The irrigation system has also been upgraded to help maintain the course.

“The opening of Blue Cypress Golf Course for me personally is like welcoming an old friend back home,” said Jacksonville City Council Member Joyce Morgan, who represents the area. 

“This is a game-changer for our community. Not only will we have golf back in Old Arlington, we will also usher in 'The First Tee' golf program which can be a major deterrent to crime as we continue to build opportunities for children and their families.”

The nine-hole, par-36 course fell on hard times and closed in 2016, but in 2020, the city of Jacksonville partnered with Indigo Golf Partners to rebuild the course using city funds. 

The city purchased the site in 1994. It was originally a private golf club, but the city planned to convert it to a public recreation site for all. The Blue Cypress Golf Course used to be an 18-hole course, but was reduced to nine holes in 2003 because it is located in an environmentally sensitive area. At that time, the city also added a fishing pier, swimming pool, tennis courts and athletic fields.

According to the Blue Cypress Golf Course’s website, golfers can pay $17.39 for a walking nine-hole game, or $21.39 to play with a cart. 

Contact Sydney Boles at sboles@wjct.org, or on Twitter at @sydneyboles.