GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN)—At the Geneva City Council meeting Tuesday night, it was announced that a group is looking to
buy the “River Oaks” golf course.

And WDHN’s Mike Gurspan says if the sale is completed, one could say the course would literally be
going to the dogs.

“Again we travel all over the country with these dogs. And what we’re trying to do is bring those events locally. What that means for the city is to have those events locally would bring so much money. You bring 48 people traveling from around the country coming to stay here in geneva. Eat-in our restaurants, patron our hotels, our stores, our gas stations and get to do their passion which is to compete with their retrievers.”

Mike Gurspan says “Geneva Mayor David Hayes is excited about having such a facility being brought to his city. He says such facilities are attracting people all across the world. It’s a local group here in Geneva County that will be doing it. But it all hangs on the contingency that they have the gunfire to train them, most will be blanks.”

Mayor Hayes says the sale is contingent upon the city council changing its code to allow
The discharging of weapons within city limits. Something that is “prohibited” at this time.
Being able to train labs, golden retrievers for hunting purposes is required to have both
live fire and simulated gunfire.

Hayes is excited about having such a facility being brought to his city. He says such facilities are attracting people all across the world. It’s a local group here in Geneva County that will be doing it. But it all hangs on the contingency that they have the gunfire to train them, most will be blanks.”

Retriever hunting events have become “Large moneymakers” for the communities in which
They are held.
Reporting in Geneva, Mike Gurspan WDHN news for the wiregrass.