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TWU golf course could get second chance

The golf course at Texas Woman's University could transition into a nine-hole golf course, instead of outright closing. 

The closure of the course was announced last year, and the TWU Board of Regents approved a resolution to close it for more strategic land uses. Now, the planning process for what to do with the 108 acres the course sits on will start this summer.

Monica Mendez-Grant, director of student life, said as officials consider options for how to develop the land, they'll also look at how golf could stay around for a while.

"Since it's such a large piece of land, we wouldn't want portions to be dormant if it's not necessary," she said. "Exploring a nine-hole course is a possible future transitional option."

Mendez-Grant and others are working on a plan to bring more student housing on a portion of the land along Bell Avenue. Although the project isn't finalized, it could bring up to 800 beds in fall 2019. 

The planning process for how to develop the land will begin in summer with the help of consultants, she said. This even could include a golf course designer, said Carine Feyten, president and chancellor of the university. 

Feyten said she envisions the land with natural wetlands restored, student housing and maybe some golf or other activity space. 

"With the golf course [land], we're trying to be thoughtful and maintain the feel of campus," Feyten said. 

In the meantime, the 18-hole course will be open for the foreseeable future, Mendez-Grant said. It remains the only public course in Denton. 

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889.