Percy Warner golf course to close for renovation project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The Percy Warner Golf Course will close in November to undergo an 11-month golf course renovation and improvement project led by architect Bruce Hepner.

Metro Parks and Recreation, the Tennessee Golf Foundation and Friends of Warner Parks are teaming up to restore the golf course and surrounding landscapes with a tentative opening date of September 2023.

“After a decade of collaboration and planning, we have entered into the public-private partnership necessary to complete this historic restoration project and improve the game of golf for all of Nashville,” said Jenny Hannon, President of Friends of Warner Parks. , in a press release. Release.

The Percy Warner Golf Course opened in 1937 as Nashville’s second public golf course. Throughout its 84-year history, the course has been credited with introducing more people to the game of golf than any other course in Nashville, including 2012 FedEx Cup Champion Brandt Snedeker. The course remains hugely popular with an average of 26,813 rounds played each year over the past 10 years.

Friends of Warner Parks is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Warner Parks through comprehensive land and resource management, restoration of historic sites, educational programs and more.

Their vision is to create a modern and sustainable course that will inspire a connection with nature and introduce the greater community of Nashville to Warner Parks.

Among the improvements to the Percy Warner Golf Course during the upcoming closure:

· Installation of a new irrigation system. The current system is over 50 years old and is made of galvanized pipe. Replacing irrigation with a modern automated system will improve efficiency, improve turf quality and free up vital man hours.

· Creation of a one-of-a-kind practice area with putting greens, short game practice area and practice bunkers. The goal is to create two or three holes in a short course arrangement that would serve both public use and instructional programming.

· Replacement of summer and winter greens and surrounding greens with a modern green complex. The current greens were originally built in 1937 and feature a double green system. Replacing those with a green complex on each hole will improve playability, smoothness, consistency and maintenance efficiency.

· Improvement and enlargement of tee boxes and bunkers. Current tee boxes are small and uneven. Enlarging and leveling them, as well as creating new tee boxes, will improve turf quality and playability for all ages and skill levels.

· Restoration and management of golf course woodlots and surrounding landscapes. Modern design features will enhance the aesthetics of the course, which will benefit not only golfers, but also the nearby community and park visitors.

As part of the Percy Warner Golf Course project, an endowment will be established to meet annual equipment, maintenance, junior golf programming and staffing needs.

The Tennessee Golf Foundation will use its involvement in the project to expand junior golf programming opportunities at Percy Warner, including The First Tee, PGA Junior League and more.

“The Percy Warner Golf Course has long been a haven for golfers of all ages to learn, grow and enjoy the game,” said Whit Turnbow, president of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, in a press release. “As a foundation, we are proud to partner with Metro Nashville and Friends of Warner Park to help bring such a historic place back to life.”

The total cost of the Percy Warner Golf Course improvements will be approximately $2 million, of which $500,000 is still required.

A “Celebration of Restoration” will be held Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Percy Warner Golf Clubhouse, 1221 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN. The gathering is open to the public and will include a barbecue, beers and bluegrass music. Click to register to attend.

About Stuart M. McFarland

Check Also

Free smartphone filmmaking course comes with Zacuto Smart Z-Finder

In partnership with Rob Kaczmark and MZed, Zacuto expresses their gratitude to all supporters of …