Lookout Mountain Club breaks ground on restoration project

Club president says renovations nearly a century a making

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Georgia (WDEF) — With summer now in full swing, it’s time to work on that golf swing.

You don’t golf in the mountains at the Lookout Mountain Club — you golf on them.

Originally constructed four years before the Great Depression in 19-25, the Club is ready to blend historic greens with modern amenities.

For the first time in Club history, both the course and Fairyland Clubhouse will receive a complete restoration.

After breaking ground on the project, Club President Caroline Williams says it’s an update that’s been nearly 100 years in the making.

“When we looked about doing this plan, one of the things that we did was make sure that we adhere to the history and the tradition that we have in both of these historic places,” Williams said. “But the project is really based on membership desire and what they’re looking for in their club.”

For just 12 million dollars, the course will be fully renovated and resurfaced with new turf.

New cart paths and an irrigation system will be added, and bunkers will be rebuilt and expanded.

Williams says it will only enhance the campus for future generations.

“The membership has overwhelmingly embraced this project and I think they’re excited to be able to sort of take it to the next level,” Williams said. “You know, taking on a 12-million dollar project is a big deal and our board has gotten us to that position that we can do that.”

Come August, the Club will also have a new general manager.

Andrew Orbison says the course is special and that the renovations will only advance the experience of both members and guests.

“Once it’s finished, it’s going to be something that they’re going to look back on for years to come and say ‘wow,'” Orbison said. “We’re so excited to be able to have this, have our new club and our membership is going to be just as happy as they ever have been.”

The course is the last in America to ever be designed by renowned golf course architect Seth Raynor.

Williams says keeping his legacy alive is also key as the project moves forward.

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