Project to help revive Raymondville golf course about to launch

RAYMONDVILLE — After more than a year of planning, the city will launch a project to help revive the Raymondville Municipal Golf Course.

City commissioners have awarded Edinburg-based R.G. Enterprises a contract to renovate the golf course pro shop interior.

The company proposed a low bid of $66,724, coming in $23,276 under budget.

The city will pay the company an additional $11,000 to remove asbestos.

For the city, the renovation is part of an economic development project.

Raymondville Economic Development Corporation will fund the remodeling job.

The project aims to help draw golfers to town and Winter Texans to nearby Gateway RV and Mobile Home Park.

The renovation will replace the pro shop’s carpet with tile, remodeling restrooms and painting walls and ceilings.

For years, the city operated the nine-hole golf course, but lost money.

When owner Lupe Serna took over operators eight years ago, the golf course was generating about $80,000 a year.

But steady drops in the numbers of Winter Texans have deeply cut into his revenue.

Now, Serna said, the golf course takes in about $60,000 a year.