Painters are brushing on fresh coats of paint while concrete workers fill in holes for new gate posts and a sign company worker applies gold Hesperia Recreation and Park District logos on the front of newly acquired energy-efficient golf carts 72 to be exact.


Just a day before the popular Hesperia Chamber Golf Tournament gets underway, officials at the park district are revamping, recoating and rethinking an Hesperia landmark.


The fleet of environmentally sound golf carts leased from EZ-Go may be the most notable of improvements, however.


"These are considered the latest and greatest of modern golf carts," park district administrator Cal Camara said of the battery-powered, 4.4 horsepower carts. And because of their updated features, "It's easier to train workers how to maintain them."


The district leased 72 so it could host a complete, full-sized golf tournament, which requires that many.


"This is a big deal for this course," Camara said. "We really wanted to have the carts and some of these house cleaning items completed for the event."


Workers also cleared away dead trees that blocked views of the course, cleaned walls and curbs, painted rails and resurfaced the driving range. New golf balls have been put into circulation at the driving range, and a shaded area will be provided.


"We're hoping for more business at the driving range."


Despite the improvements, costs have been kept to a minimum.


"None of this is a major investment. Most of it is elbow grease and volunteers."


The outdoor wedding area also has been improved with the hope that a new niche will emerge.


"A lot of people never thought they could have a golf course wedding. Now they can," Camara said.


A complete pro shop is being created to provide a one-stop location for golfers to purchase shoes, apparel and other golf gear.


"We're real excited about that."


When the city completed the purchase of the course in May, officials said the decision to make the deal had two key purposes: to ensure the former PGA course had a future and to obtain the water rights. Reducing water usage and making the golf course profitable serve both those purposes. But community participation ultimately decides that, according to Camara.


"We're hoping the community wants a golf course. It this can make it we'll make it work, and I believe it will. But there's still a lot of work."