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Abilene City Council paves way for alcohol sales at Maxwell Municipal Golf Course

By Doug Myers, Digital Media Manager, dmyers@ktxs.com
Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 11 2014 08:03:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2014 04:05:53 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene City Council on Thursday approved a zoning change that opens the door for the sale of alcohol at Maxwell Municipal Golf Course.

The council voted unanimously in favor of the change.

Now, the company charged with managing the course - West Texas Golf Systems LLC - must decide what type of permitting it will ask for from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. TABC must approve such licensing before any kind of alcohol sales can begin at the course. 

Alcohol sales haven't been allowed at the city of Abilene’s course because it rests within 300 feet of residential property. A house within that range was moved and made the zoning change possible.

City officials say the change will result in an estimated $2,500 more per month - or $30,000 more per year - in revenue. Proponents say the additional revenue will be used for golf course enhancements.

"I'm in favor of anything that will create revenue for Maxwell Golf Course," said Wayne Harris, a longtime golfer who lives nearby.

Harris said he hasn't t spoken with anyone who plays at the golf course or who resides in the neighborhood who have expressed opposition to the change.

Phil Gage, chairman of the city's Municipal Golf Course Advisory Committee, said the golf panel favored the change.

Questions were raised about the sale of alcohol at the course while high school students had practice times, but proponents said a blackout could be considered during those times, especially during high school tournaments.

Golfers in the past have been able to bring their own beverages – including beer – to the course for consumption.

Meanwhile, councilman Joe Spano, owner of H&H Beverages, took time Thursday to make it clear that his business won't be providing alcohol for the course, contrary to what he said was being alleged on social media.

KTXS will provide more details as they become available.

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Purchasing a beer at Maxwell Municipal Golf Court may soon be allowed.

The Abilene City Council will decide Thursday whether to rezone the property to permit alcohol to be sold.

Alcohol sales haven't been allowed at the city of Abilene’s course because it rests within 300 feet of residential property. A house within that range was moved and made the zoning change possible.

"Most courses do sell it,” said Scott McGraw, assistant professional at Maxwell. “That's why we were hoping to get the rezoning done and get where we can get a license and sell it."

Additionally, McGraw said not only have visitors asked about the sale of beer, but members seem to favor the change too.

"There's a couple times we go other places just when we have friends that want to drink," golfer Harold Brooks said. "I definitely I think it would bring a lot more people and upgrade it a little bit."

Other members are hoping beer could potentially decrease their dues.

"Revenue would go up and maybe the cost of golf would go down a little bit," golfer Willie Ellsworth said. "They do it at all the other courses in the area, whether it's on base (at Dyess Air Force Base) or out to Diamondback (Golf Club). They sell beer and I see nothing wrong with it."

McGraw said the revenue could help fund planned upgrades at Maxwell.

"The greatest percent of the money of course will go back into the course renovations – at some future time, clubhouse renovations hopefully," McGraw said.