USM golf teams change homes under new agreement

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s golf teams will lease space at the Hattiesburg Country Club as a home for its golf teams.

USM also plans to spend more than $1 million to build outdoor and indoor practice ranges and clubhouse on the leased ground.

The College Board approved the plans Thursday.

The golf teams has paid Canebrake Country Club $25,000 a year to use its facilities. Under the 50-year agreement with Hattiesburg Country Club, USM would start out paying $25,000 a year. That amount would escalate over time.

The USM Foundation plans to raise between $1 million and $1.2 million from private donors to build the practice facilities and clubhouse, which only the university would use. The university would repay the foundation for its investment over 50 years.