When Thomson's Belle Meade Country Club reopens in September, area golfers will find a familiar face behind the pro shop's counter.
He's Gregg Hemann, who has been an area club pro for the past 15 years.
Hemann resigned as Jones Creek Golf Club head pro and club manager last week and started at Belle Meade earlier this month, where he holds the same dual positions.
Belle Meade has been closed since January for a $1 million renovation of its greens, tees and irrigation system. The target date for opening is Sept. 3.
"With the direction Belle Meade is going, this job was very attractive to me," Hemann said.
Hemann had been at Jones Creek since 2001, first as the tournament director and teaching pro, and then as director of golf and club manager starting in 2003.
"With the renovation of the golf course, there is a new commitment out there that I think is going to ensure the success of the club," Hemann said of Belle Meade. "It's a very exciting time with the facelift of the golf course and the club. I'm happy to be part of it."
Hemann, 43, is a former Augusta State University golfer and professional mini-tour player. He opted for the life of a club pro starting in 1990 at Jones Creek. He later worked at Belle Meade (1999) and Aiken's Cedar Creek (2000) before returning to Jones Creek in 2001.
"We're tickled to death to have Gregg here, to have someone with the experience he has, plus he's a local guy," said Jeff Knox, a board member of Belle Meade's ownership group, Belle Meade Country Club, Inc.
"Gregg will add a lot to what we're trying to do here," said Knox, who is also the chairman of the renovation committee.
Hemann joins former Forest Hills Golf Club superintendent Ted Shurling as a newcomer to the Belle Meade staff. Shurling, who is from Thomson and once worked on the maintenance crew at Belle Meade, took over as superintendent in January.
Hemann debated long and hard before leaving Jones Creek, which is owned by Golf Capital, LLC, to take the Belle Meade job.
"It was a very difficult decision," Hemann said. "I had a good job at Jones Creek. I left behind a lot of good friends and long-standing relationships with a lot of people there, both employees and members."