For a few minutes, it seemed like Thursday evening's golf course discussion meeting could turn into a scene from the classic "Frankenstein" film. But instead of pitchforks, this angry crowd might wave their 9 irons.


"I'm outraged by the City Council or whoever is responsible for this meeting," one golfer said. "I think you all need to be fired.... I'm so mad I'm shaking."


The man's emotions seemed to be shared by many of the 150 in attendance during Hesperia's first of four planned meetings a fifth meeting was announced following last week's event to discuss the future of the 54-year-old Hesperia Golf & Country Club.


City spokesperson Kelly Malloy, who moderated the meeting in the club's main dining room, calmly reassured those in attendance that the purpose of the meetings was to get community input and then pass along ideas to the City Council.


"We were hoping for a turnout like this, so thank you," Malloy said. "The more input we get the better. ... We need your opinion. We need your help."


But emotions ran high with the mostly middle-aged and above audience.


"To lose this would be devastating," said Don Jensen, a longtime Hesperia real estate broker. "This (changing the usage of the golf course property) would be devastating for nearby property owners."


"I love this place," said Hesperia resident Angel Esparza, a former golf club employee. "I don't want to see equestrian (trails), dog park or a walking path."


"The Hesperia Golf Course is a landmark," said Richard Jordan. "If they make it into some kind of park the area's going to go down."


Gil Zank, a longtime resident and highly involved community member, said his late wife Margaret Zank loved the golf course.


"I'm not even a golfer," Zank said, "but my wife loved the course, and that's why we built here."


Darrell Troxell said that for many years the Hesperia Golf Course "was the only green spot in Hesperia."


"It was and is the No. 1 attraction in Hesperia," Troxell said.


One woman said she had an enjoyable time playing golf at the club with her granddaughter.


"I felt completely safe," she said. "I don't think I'd feel as safe in your parks, but I did here."


Th city purchased the property along with its 675 acre feet of water rights last year.


Local historian Gary "Griz" Drylie also attempted to quell the tension when encouraged attendees to look at the issue objectively. He credited the city for purchasing the course and the Hesperia Recreation and Park District, which manages the facility.


"Somebody had to purchase it, as far as water rights," Drylie said. "I'm going to look at it as a positive.... Right now we are in a win-win situation. Personally I think you're going to get ... this golf course."


About 50 people turned in comment cards to speak before the meeting began, according to Malloy.


Attendees also received a "Hesperia Golf Course Community Survey," which is available on the city website. Survey-takers are asked how much they like the following recreational activities: athletic fields, cycling trails, children's playground, dog activities, equestrian park, golf course (9 holes), golf course (18 holes), nature photography/painting areas, walking and jogging paths.


The survey also asks why people do or do not use the Hesperia Golf & Country Club.


A meeting to discuss the future of the Hesperia Golf Course and Country Club will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in Sultan Hall at Sultana High School.


That event will be followed by a meeting at 1 p.m. on June 11 in the Hesperia Library Community Room, 9650 Seventh Ave., Hesperia.