The public was invited to an open house in Missoula Wednesday night, to get information and give their input on the proposed South Campus Plan for the University of Montana.

It was the first of three planning meetings about the South Campus Master Plan.

UM's South Campus acreage now includes the UM Golf Course, track and soccer facilities, student housing and bus stops.

The master plan includes new buildings and other projects, starting with the new building for Missoula College, formerly known as the College of Technology.  

Supporters and opponents of the plan both showed up Wednesday night to voice their opinions. And the UM Golf Course remained a hot topic for both sides.

“I think it would be a lot more cohesive educationally to put students together,” said South Campus supporter Barbara Morgan. “This land as far as I’m concerned is for educational purposes, and I’m not really concerned about golf. There are other nice golf courses in Missoula.”

“They're going to take a very iconic structure, the University Golf Course,” said opponent Renee Mitchell. “It's been developed for almost 100 years it’s used well by this community; it preserves open space that we're also paying $10 million in bond money for.”

Two other public meetings are set for early next year. Dates for those meetings have yet to be scheduled.