Jones, Ber­gin to join forces to re­vamp area golf course

Walker County Messenger - - Sports -

Scenic Land Com­pany has an­nounced that Rees Jones and Bill Ber­gin, two of golf’s most leg­endary and in­no­va­tive ar­chi­tects, have joined forces to re­design and ren­o­vate the Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort Golf Course, for­merly Canyon Ridge Club.

Shar­ing over 60 years of golf course de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them, Jones and Ber­gin have each cre­ated some of the most played and award-win­ning golf cour­ses in the United States, in­clud­ing their most re­cent col­lab­o­ra­tion at the Coun­try Club of Winter Haven in Or­lando, Fla.

“I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting un­der­way at Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort,” Jones said. “The nat­u­ral site is ideal for golf, with beau­ti­ful vis­tas and dra­matic ter­rain. The foun­da­tion for an in­trigu­ing golf ex­pe­ri­ence is there. We are go­ing to en­hance the fea­tures that re­quire strat­egy, cre­ate def­i­ni­tion, and make it more flex­i­ble, so that every cal­iber of golfer can en­joy play­ing Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort time af­ter time.”

Jones has de­signed or re­designed more than 225 golf cour­ses in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing seven U.S. Open venues, eight PGA Cham­pi­onship cour­ses, five Ry­der Cups, two Walker Cup sites, as well as the Pres­i­dent’s Cup at The Royal Mon­treal Golf Club.

Among his no­table orig­i­nal de­signs are Nantucket Golf Club, At­lantic Golf Club, The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, RedStick Golf Club, Ocean For­est Golf Club, Haig Point Club, Wal­dorf As­to­ria Golf Club, The Bridge and Cas­cata Golf Course.

As a pro­fes­sional golfer, Ber­gin played in ex­cess of 250 pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments world­wide, in­clud­ing three U.S. Opens, two Bri­tish Opens and more than 50 PGA Tour events.

Ber­gin has been in­volved in the plan­ning and de­sign of over 50 projects, in­clud­ing The Club at Fox­land Har­bor, named one of Golfweek’s “2009 Best New Cour­ses”, Her­itage Plan­ta­tion, se­lected as Golf Di­gest’s “5th Best New Public/ Re­sort Course in the US for 2008”, Char­iot Run, Golfweek’s “No. 3 Best Course You Can Play in In­di­ana”, Justin Tim­ber­lake’s Mir­im­ichi, named Golfweek’s “No. 1 Best Course You Can Play in Ten­nessee”, and Chat­tanooga Golf

and Coun­try Club, an ac­claimed Don­ald Ross restora­tion along the Ten­nessee River.

“As golfers, we are for­tu­nate to play the game on var­ied land and some mag­nif­i­cent prop­er­ties,” Ber­gin said. “As an ar­chi­tect, it is even more spe­cial to mold and fine tune a beau­ti­ful piece of ground. From the mo­ment I stepped foot on the land en­com­passed by Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort, there has been a sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion, ex­cite­ment and seren­ity. What a beau­ti­ful feel­ing one gets when sim­ply tak­ing in all that is of­fered here. Rees Jones and I will trans­form this golf course to a level that matches this amaz­ing prop­erty.”

At Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort, Jones and Ber­gin plan to en­hance the greens com­plexes, op­ti­mize an­gles to green lo­ca­tions, and im­prove fair­way and green­side bunker place­ments. They also plan to ad­just yardages to cre­ate more va­ri­ety and pro­vide a world-class test for the game’s best play­ers and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for the be­gin­ners.

“For far too long, our mem­bers and guests have com­mented about how good this course could be. Our wish is now a re­al­ity,” noted Doug Amor, Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort’s head golf pro­fes­sional. “With the hir­ing of a great emerg­ing course de­signer like Bill Ber­gin and a leg­endary de­signer like Rees Jones, the full po­ten­tial of Look­out Moun­tain Re­sort will be re­al­ized.”

Course strat­egy and plan­ning by Jones and Ber­gin are al­ready un­der way with po­ten­tial ground­work be­ing ini­ti­ated as soon as 2018.

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