Fore Sea­sons golf course now open

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE -

Af­ter ly­ing dor­mant for eight years, two lo­cal busi­ness­men are seek­ing to res­ur­rect the old Sum­mertree Golf Course on Dews Pond Road.

Ron­nie York and Ha­ley Stephens have been work­ing on the new course for more than seven months.

The cut­ting of more than 45 trees, dredg­ing three ponds and nu­mer­ous trips to the land­fill have been a ma­jor part of the work. Not to men­tion the con­stant cut­ting of the grass af­ter ini­tially bail­ing 28 bales of hay.

The course was orig­i­nally built and op­er­ated by Mau­rice Gravitt and his fam­ily for al­most 30 years from 1979- 2008.

Also in­cor­po­rated with the Fore Sea­sons Golf Course is FootGolf, a pre­ci­sion com­bi­na­tion sport of soc­cer and golf, be­ing more closely re­lated to golf. The rules largely cor­re­spond to the rules of golf and play­ers kick a reg­u­la­tion # 5 soc­cer ball at a golf course fa­cil­ity on short­ened holes with 21- inch di­am­e­ter cups in as few shots as pos­si­ble. The Amer­i­can FootGolf League was founded in 2011 and was in­ter­na­tion­ally pub­li­cized, and coun­tries world­wide have col­lab­o­rated on the de­vel­op­ment of the game.

Fore Sea­sons opened La­bor Day week­end for FootGolf and plans are un­der­way to open next year as a full- fledged golf course.

The new Fore Sea­sons Golf Course plans in­clude ren­o­vat­ing the Gravitt home place into a restau­rant. Con­struc­tion on that pro­ject will be­gin mid-Septem­ber.

The logo cho­sen for Fore Sea­sons seems ap­pro­pri­ate- a Phoenix, which is a sym­bol for re­birth and resurrection.

FootGolf is avail­able on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day from 8 a.m. - 5: 30 p. m. at Fore Sea­sons and everyone is wel­comed to play. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 770- 548- 3155.

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