The greens on the 18-hole course will be upgraded to championship Bermuda grass. The course will close May 31st and reopen in late August, according to the Division of Park Services.
During the renovations, there will be expanded hours at two other city courses, Pine Hill and Fox Meadows. They will be open seven days a week at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends.
The fate of the city's three nine-hole golf courses remains uncertain pending City Council budget decisions.
Malmo, the former chairman of the Memphis Park Commission when it still had a private board, is also a lifelong Memphian and a golfer who grew up using public parks.
A Memphis City Council committee has recommended closing the city's three nine-hole courses to save money. The most prominent of them is Overton Park Golf Course, which shares the park with the zoo, Old Forest, Brooks Museum, war memorial, Levitt Shell, and Memphis College of Art. The full council has yet to consider the proposal.
Malmo said the city should close all the golf courses except for Galloway, Fox Meadows, and Audubon.