GOLF AT FAIRFIELD GLADE
Although Sam Snead was involved in the early planning of Druid Hills, long-time pro Dean Jones credited Leon Howard with the original design, ably assisted by Bobby Greenwood. Luke Morris was in charge of construction. The course was completed in 1972, and Colonel Bob Simpson was the first Head Professional. Dean Jones, Billy Delk, Mike Dunn and Warren Huddleston followed Simpson in that position. The first pro shop was a converted railroad depot from DeRossett, Tennessee. John Warner holds the unofficial course record of 64, while Jean Hester is credited with the ladies’ mark of 69.
Dorchester Golf Course was in play by 1980 with Warren Huddleston as Head Pro and Bobby Greenwood as course architect. Premier Golf Course Superintendent John Beatty was in charge of maintenance. Kathleen McCarthy and Dave Zimmernan succeeded Warren as Head Pro. Course records are not a matter of “record”.
Kip Henley headed Heatherhurst professional staff on its opening in 1988. Gary Baird designed this fine addition to the Fairfield Glade golf “stable”. In mid-2000 they completed the final 9 holes to make a total of 36 holes. Today Heatherhurst manages the Crag and the Brae 18 hole courses.
Waddy Stokes, Billy Delk, and Mike Dunn have served as Community Club golf Directors in charge of golf at the three club-owned courses. Presently Warren Huddleston serves as the Director.
Stonehenge was the “BEST NEW RESORT COURSE OF 1985”, claims Joe Lee as Architect. The Tennessee Open immediately became a regular event at this fine facility. Eddie Moon succeeded Tom Waltz who was the Head Pro over Stonehenge for the first 10 years. Course records as of 1995 included the men’s mark of 65 held by Randy Wylie and the ladies’ record of 71 by Jean Hester.
Considering the fact that Fairfield Glade’s four golf courses are in the same general geographical location, the coursed variety is remarkable. If mountain vistas, Druid Hills is your choice. If you are spraying shots and desire relatively flat land, try Heatherhurst. If you are hitting them short but straight and like contrasting nines, Dorchester will provide. The blue tees at Stonehenge are available for those who feel they might have “professional” ability.
Stonehenge Golf Course is now rated the number one public course in Tennessee. This course is located adjacent to the Community Center and the Lodge. Members, guests, the public may play this award winning golf facility, subject to prevailing rates and available tee-times.
Druid Hills, Dorchester, Stonehenge, Grag, and Brae Golf Courses are Community Club operated. Concerning the different eligibility rules for each course for members and guests, members are reminded that only Community Club members and registered guests may play on Community Club golf courses. A member must make all tee times.