Timberton Golf Club in Mississippi
by Scott A. Sumner
The Timberton Golf Club of Hattiesburg, Mississippi was built in 1991 and is 7100 from blue tees. A Mark McComber design it is owned by Ron Hickman, PGA Master Professional. Timberton has 300 members with 70% member play and 30% from outside forming their 27,000 rounds annually. It costs $900 initially to join and you receive a $200 pro shop gift certificate and $135 per month thereafter with no assesments or food minimums. The regular green fee is $59 which includes cart and tax.
Play has been down since the storm. 10 years ago it was 60%outside play and 40% inside play so we have seen a big drop in outside players after Katrina . Our membership has grown thought with the influx of Katrina people, said Richard Walsh Head Golf Professional at Timberton Golf Club.
I like the course because you can hit every club in your bag. It is a fun golf course. There are really only two holes where you will see another hole so it is secluded. The uniqueness is the course is built in a housing development but it is not like some developments where you see houses on both sides of hole. Most of the holes are secluded, noted Walsh. We have a new 62 lot home division going in. We used to be 27 holes but after Katrina golf has been down and land prices up. We had to lease a good portion of the land so we turned 4 holes into lots that range in price from $79,000 to $99,000.
On the day in late February we played Timberton it was76 degrees. In January or February you can get anything from 25 to 60 degree F day by day. March through June is really kind of comfortable at 70 to 80. June to Sept it will be 90, smiled Walsh who says a few Canadians play the course. I like the warmth. It is a good golf value here.We need more hotel rooms. They are working on a golf trail here like in Alabama.