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      Myrtle Beach owned golf course could see new operator

      Whispering Pines Golf Course is the only Myrtle Beach golf course that's owned by the city

      Myrtle Beach city officials could be one step closer to deciding what to do with the Whispering Pines golf course.

      The city-owned golf course has been losing about $250,000 each year for the past five years, costing taxpayers a lot of money.

      Myrtle Beach city council members have heard from a number of firms interested in operating the golf course.

      City spokesman Mark Kruea said seven firms have laid out proposals, four of which council is considering.

      "The golf industry has certainly declined in the last few years and at this point we have the choice of operating as a business, having someone else operate it for us and pay the city perhaps or just treating it as a regular recreation facility and operating it as an amenity regardless of what it costs," Kruea explained.

      Kruea said council will discuss the issue at their next meeting, which is scheduled for this coming Tuesday.

      If they do accept a firm, they would still need federal government approval to have an outside firm operate the course.