By LEANN McCOY
The Grenada Country Club will be closing its doors for the final time on Sunday, Dec. 12, after 87 years of service to the community.
According to John Liles, golf course superintendent, the employees of the country club were notified last week about the closing.
“I’ve worked here for 32 years, and this place kind of feels like my baby,” he said. “I really don’t know how I feel. Even after nearly a week of knowing about the closing, I’m still shocked.”
He said that he believes a contributing factor to the closing is because of a membership decline over the past several years.
“Five years ago, we had a membership of 400 or more people, and now we are barely scratching 160 members,” Liles said. “When economy goes down, one of the first things a family will get rid of is any extraneous activities, and that includes country club memberships.”
Liles said that he had a feeling for a long time that the closing was coming.
“It still surprised me though when we were told there was a date for closing,” he said. “I do strongly hope that the club will be reopened someday, because the Grenada club is one of the oldest in Mississippi.”
Sabrina Marascalco, office manager, said that she had really enjoyed her job at the country club.
“It’s really sad to see a piece of Grenada’s history close,” she said.
Attempts to get comments from Club Officers Jim Lyles, Dr. David Bassinger and Jimmy Vance were not successful.