November 22, 2014
Jim Dillon said he's been playing golf at Brookside Golf Course in Reno for more than 20 years, and his son even learned to golf there. But Brookside will close Sunday, meaning the last people allowed to hit the links there will do so on Saturday.
"It's one of the few places you can play nine (holes), and, you know, get in and out and go about your day," Dillon said.
Golfers said they're attracted to Brookside's affordability, convenience and the camaraderie there. Joel Edwards, who played the course Friday, said Brookside is also senior-friendly. "Some guys don't get along real well without a nice flat surface," he said.
Dillon said the course serves as a great learning facility for those new to the game.
The course neighbors the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Brian Kulpin, public affairs manager at the airport, said the course is being closed to make way for a new air traffic control tower. The new tower will be taller and provide optimum views of runways, enhancing safety, Kulpin said.
Friday, Dillon said he expects to play his last game at Brookside soon.
"Either today or tomorrow, you know, if I can get out here tomorrow morning with my son I will," he said.