G olf is a special game to Boone A. Knox -- always has been -- always will be.
It's a game he's played many times through the years.
"I love golf," said Mr. Knox. "It's a great game. I used to enjoy playing every chance I got. I played pretty good golf."
Mr. Knox wasn't just a decent golfer. He was "very good," said one of his close friends, Jim Alfriend, of Thomson.
During his years of playing the game, Mr. Knox made 14 hole-in-one shots; three of them within a span of four months.
Now stricken with cancer, Mr. Knox no longer plays the game, but nevertheless watches tournaments on television or listens to how well his son, Jeff or grandson, Lee, play various courses.
"I'm real proud of both of them," said Mr. Knox, remembering the days when he carried Jeff back and forth to golf practice at Thomson Country Club. "That was the only golf course around here at the time."
Such soon changed when Mr. Knox decided to build a golf course along Washington Road back in the 1960s. It would later be called Belle Meade Country Club. A large subdivision now surrounds the golf course.
It's always been sentimental to Mr. Knox.
"I certainly hope it will last forever," he said. "I want it to be around for many generations to come, because it's a great, great, great golf course."
Mr. Knox praised the work of Teddy Reese for keeping the golf course and country club going through the years.
"Teddy has done a great job of overseeing Belle Meade all of these years," said Mr. Knox.
"I really appreciate what he's done to keep it going."