Mission Royale golf course

Golf course at Mission Royale was photographed on Dec. 30.

CASA GRANDE — The Mission Royale Golf Course, which just three months ago was close to permanent closure, is ready to welcome golfers again this month.

A purchase on Feb. 23 was made possible with substantial funding by a large percentage of Mission Royale residents. A nonprofit corporation was formed and the restoration of the golf course began on Feb. 25 under the direction of a volunteer board of directors with guidance from Elite Golf Management, an experienced golf management firm.

The Elite on-site team consists of a general manager, course superintendent, irrigation expert and maintenance personnel, according to a press release from the group. Over time, the revitalization process will involve the expenditure of approximately $1 million.

The reopening to the public has been set for April 19, the press release said.

Elite said it has been working diligently to restore the golf course after years of neglect. The company is updating the irrigation system, seeding and fertilizing, landscaping and improving the bunkers.

“We are working to make this course a first-class facility that will be an asset to Casa Grande. For us, it was a labor of love born out of necessity,” said Jay Moelis, a board member.

The Mission Royale golf course is one of only three public courses in the Casa Grande city limits.

“It would have been a significant blow to the city’s recreational infrastructure if we had lost it,” said Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland. “Mission Royale residents deserve our thanks for stepping up.”

The course’s restaurant, located adjacent to the pro shop, has applied for a liquor license and will be opening soon, according to the press release.

For tee times, rates and six- or 12-month golf passes, contact Randy Mudge, general manager, at the pro shop, 520-876-5335.