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Eglin Golf Course transitions from public to private

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Members of the public are still welcome to utilize Eglin Golf Course; however, they must be accompanied by an authorized patron to play.

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The Eglin Golf Course transitions from a public to a private course Dec. 9, restricting its use to authorized patrons and their guests.

Authorized patrons include active duty, reserve, retired military members; military dependents; DoD civilians and contractors, as well as personnel who meet criteria in accordance with Attachment 2 of AFI 34-101, Air Force Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs and Use Eligibility.

Members of the public are still welcome to utilize the course; however, they must be accompanied by an authorized patron to play.

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Air Force golf courses are morale, welfare and recreation activities provided to enhance the mental and physical well-being of Air Force members and their families. Golf services can be offered to the general public, but only with the concurrence of local civilian golf courses within a 10-mile radius of an installation’s course. This Air Force-mandated process is reviewed every two years to ensure services are mutually beneficial to the installation and community golf entities.

Eglin’s public course status was due for a renewal this year.  It received non-concurring feedback from the required local golf entities. In an effort to support local concerns and abide by regulations, this change will remain in effect until further notice.

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The 96th Force Support Squadron leadership said it plans to work with community golfing partners toward establishing a mutually beneficial means for Eglin Golf Course to regain its public course status. Until then, the squadron will work toward a smooth transition for non-DoD-affiliated guests.

For more information, please call the general manager of the Eglin Golf Course, at (850) 678-8726.

U.S. Air force photo/Ilka Cole)

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