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Ari, that looks just amazing. Love the falloff of the first green. Would love to get up there next spring. Congratulations on becoming a golf course owner!
This is great news! Will Scratch be moving on site?
Ari,That is truly amazing! The attention to detail does look fantastic and it looks like it would be a blast to play. Congrats! This is exactly what golf needs more of!
Will the stroke rating be about 78 & the slope about 145 from the tips?
I posted this in another thread but decided this deserved it's own thread. As of Tuesday, a group including architect Rob Collins and I have taken control of the course formerly known as "Sequatchie Valley Country Club." It has also been called "Battle Creek" for a short time during grow in. The new official name is Sweetens Cove Golf Club. We are currently in the process of getting it ready for play and hope to open in August.I know some of you are aware of this project but for those that are not the course is located off I-24 in S. Pittsburgh, TN which is located about 30 min from downtown Chattanooga and about an hour from downtown Nashville. The course occupies the same land as the former Sequatchie Valley CC but is an entirely 100% new golf course. I'll let Rob comment a little more specifically on the work done. He basically built the entire course by hand with the help of a small crew. He was on site pretty much every single day. IMO this is why the course has such amazing attention to detail especially in the bunkers and on and around the greens. The greens are Mini Verde and the fairways are 419 Bermuda. The native areas and bunker edges are a Fescue mix and there is no rough. From my perspective this has been a long and strenuous process that started last September with a phone call from my good friend Mark Stovall the Superintendent at Lookout Mountain. He told me that I had to check out this new course in S. Pittsburgh and that he would arrange for me to go out and see the course with the architect. A week or so later I met Rob Collins for the first time and went out and played the course with him and another GCAer that I work with, Patrick Boyd. To put it simply I was blown away by what I saw. Absolutely blown away. This 9 hole course was some of the most fun I had ever had on a golf course. On top of that I could see that different pin positions, wind direction or even placement of tee shots would provide a completely different experience that looked like it would be just as much fun. The flexibility of the course and specifically the greens, the width of the fairways, the hazards and their placement equal a course that provides a completely different look and challenge depending on the day. I could not believe what I had stumbled onto. It so much exceeded what I was expecting to find that it was staggering. In talking to Rob I found out that the family that owned the golf course was having some internal squabbles about the course and was looking to get rid of it or was even thinking of letting it go back to nature without ever even opening! I was shocked. I was so taken with this course that the thought of it never getting to open and being gone in a few short months was just tragic. I shared my strong feelings with Rob and we started talking about what we could do to save the course. Fast forward to May and the fantasy of that day has become a reality and I could not be more excited!I want to stress that I absolutely positively 100% did not go into this with even the slightest thought of getting involved with owning and running this place. Golf courses are not my business and I had not intended for it to be. As some of you know I have another golf business, Scratch Golf Clubs, which takes up most of my time. I also have a young family and an intense desire to play as much golf as I possibly can at every possible opportunity. I am also lucky enough to have access to some of my favorite courses in the world so having a compelling place to play is fortunately not usually an issue for me. This project will not help me find more time during the day to spend with my young family, work a few more hours for Scratch Golf or get a few extra rounds in here and there. That said this course was just too good to let go back to nature and never see the light of day. That is the simple and only reason that I got involved with the project in the first place. This course is just amazing and so much fun that the golf world needs to see it and have the opportunity to enjoy playing it as much as I do. We have a TON of work to do before we hope to open in August but I could not be more excited about the prospect of the course finally opening and sharing it with the people of TN and the rest of the golf world. Visitors will find a very friendly place that can be played by anyone for a very reasonable green fee where they can have a great time playing the game we all love. Fun is and will be the name of the game at Sweetens Cove and I personally invite all of you to experience our extra fun version of golf in our little scenic mountain valley between Chattanooga and Nashville right off I-24. I have some other pics from grow in last summer where the course is green that I will post shortly when I get a chance. I will also update as we get sand into all the bunkers and get the course ready to open. In my best TN accent, "hope to see y'all at Sweetens Cove later this summer!"
Ari and Rob,Contrats! The course looks wonderful. Did you get enough land to build a second 9? Was the concept from its origin 9 holes or planned for 18? If staying with 9, are there plans to use a two-hole system with separate tees to provide a different second 9 experience? I see the need for a TN trip next year.
Ari, This place looks fantastic. Congratulations! Do you anticipate having two hole locations per green?Based only on these pictures, I would call SCGC a sibling to Rivermont. Am I the only one?