Except for one especially vocal golfer, Thursday evening's followup meeting to discuss the future of the Hesperia Golf Course was noticeably calmer than the first event a week ago.

About 75 came to Sultan Hall more than 150 crammed into the golf club dining facility last Thursday to make their opinions known: Hands off our golf course.

"What's wrong with the way it's been used?" the unidentified man blurted out as city spokesperson Kelly Malloy was making a brief meeting introduction.

The man interrupted the meeting several times before a resident who was speaking at the podium suggested he wait his turn to share his opinions, a comment which was met with applause.

While emotions were generally contained, all in attendance seemed to agree that the Hesperia Golf Course & Country Club is an historic institution that should continue.

"There was no one person at the other meeting that spoke about another use," said local real estate broker Don Jensen.

Furthermore, Jensen said, the city's two main attractions are Hesperia Lake Park and the golf course, which was built in 1957. And the golf course is a big plus.

"We have to sell that sizzle to the people that want to come here," Jensen said.

One man said he and his son, who is now 27, play golf at the course and soon his grandson will join in the family tradition.

"Golf is a game for all ages," the golfer said.

Jeanne Helsley, a longtime Hesperia resident who is a member of the Hesperia Area Recreation District Foundation, also said the course provides an important recreational activity for area youth. Four local high school golf squads use the course for their competitions, she said.

As he did during the previous meeting, local historian and restaurateur Gary "Griz" Drylie applauded the city for purchasing the course and said he believes it will remain a golf facility.

"The city is doing due diligence to its people by holding meetings like this," Drylie said. "I think it's going to remain a golf course."

Earlier in the week, Mayor Mike Leonard refuted a contention by some that the city already knows what it will do with the course, which it purchased last year.

"There's rumors floating around that we've already made our decision" about the golf course, "but that's not true," Leonard said during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

"If this were the City of Victorville, we wouldn't even ask your opinion, we'd just do" what they'll end up doing," Blewett said during the meeting. "I think things are going to turn out just fine."

Two additional discussion meetings are planned:

6 p.m. on June 16 in the Hesperia Library Community Room
5:30 p.m. on June 30 at the Hesperia Golf & Country Club.

Reporter Beau Yarbrough contributed to this story.