All that was missing were a few "say it brothers" and "amens,"but the message at the final meeting of the Hesperia Golf Course revival of 2011 on Thursday was unanimous, direct and often inspired.
"This wasn't just, 'We want our golf course,'" said local real estate broker Donald Jensen. "This was a, 'You're damn straight we want our golf course,'"
While the results of the golf course questionaires may contain differing input, all five public meetings — which were moderated by Hesperia staff member Kelly Malloy — yielded similar results. Nearly all who spoke said they wanted the 54-year-old facility to remain an 18-hole golf course.
"I've attended all but one meeting," said Hesperia resident and business owner Lyndle Tharp. "I've heard no suggestion except to keep this golf course."
Furthermore, Tharp suggested the city should commit to the course for many years to come.
"As a businessman I didn't sign a one-year lease," Tharp said. "I signed a long-term lease."
Like earlier meetings, some of the roughly 70 present Thursday night were angry that such meetings had to took place at all.
"I find it appalling we're having meetings on whether or not it's going to be a golf course," said golf course area resident Greg Hudson, who moved from Barstow in 1994.
One speaker who read a prepared statement criticized the city for waiting until August to give the report to the City Council.
"That six weeks is ridiculous," she said. "It's ridulous to keep us hanging so long."
She added that if the city decides to change the facility's purpose, nearby property values will decline and many will chose to sell their homes.
"I do feel we need to have a little urgency here because our economy is at stake."
Malloy is expected to make her presentation to the City Council at the Council's July 19 meeting. Her report will be available for viewing by going to the city's website and downloading that meeting's agenda packet. A printed copy also will be available for viewing at City Hall.
"We'll probably promote beyond the usual for this," Malloy said.