All summer long, there has not been a single tee time at the Belle Meade Country Club. Even though the pool, grill and tennis courts have been available, the renovations to the golf course have made for an unusual summer for residents and members alike.
But that will change come early September.
The major renovation - being performed by Atlanta-based Course Crafters - has caused a slight inconvenience to golf aficionados in the area. According to Bob Pinson of Course Crafters and Frank Locklear, head of the Board of Trustees for Belle Meade, the renovation includes rebuilding of all tee boxes, greens and bunkers.
All work is nearing completion, but the greens were sprigged, not sodded. Therefore, an eight to 10 week "grow-in" period must take place before golfers can return to the course. Mr. Pinson believes they will be pleased with the results.
"The routing has stayed the same, but the playing conditions and visibility are better," he said. "Club members and the community will be proud of the course when it opens."
Mr. Locklear is impressed with the work Mr. Pinson's company has done.
"They will be playing on a course now that is on par with courses in larger markets, such as Augusta and the Lake Oconee area," he said. "Course Crafters has done a great job."
The course is expected to be ready for play around Labor Day. There will soon be an announcement about festivities that will take place to celebrate the re-opening, Mr. Locklear said.
The community's patience and support for Belle Meade has not gone unnoticed.
"We are getting a lot of positive comments and lot of excitement from members," Mr. Locklear said. "And we haven't heard a single complaint or negative comment."