GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS REES JONES AND BILL BERGIN JOIN FORCES TO REDESIGN LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN RESORT GOLF COURSE
Two of golf’s most respected designers bring their world-class vision to the dramatic Lookout Mountain resort/hotel development.
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN—Scenic Land Company announced today that Rees Jones and Bill Bergin, two of golf’s most legendary and innovative architects, have joined forces to re-design 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, Florida.
“I am looking forward to getting underway at Lookout Mountain Resort,” said Rees Jones. “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.
Joining Jones on the re-design and renovation at Lookout Mountain Resort Golf Course is Bill Bergin. 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;” Oaks Country Club, selected as Golf Digest’s “4th Best Remodel in the US for 2015;” Chariot Run, Golfweek's “#3 Best Course You Can Play in Indiana;” Justin Timberlake’s Mirimichi, named Golfweek’s “#1 Best Course You Can Play in Tennessee;” and Chattanooga Golf & 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,” said Bergin. “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,” notes 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.
ABOUT LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN RESORT
Located a short 30-minutes from downtown Chattanooga and less than two hours from Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham and Knoxville, Lookout Mountain Resort is planned to be a major branded, upper upscale/luxury resort, conference center with a mountaintop golf course and spa that will attract visitors from the Southeast, as well as national and international markets. Construction plans call for the hotel to be built on the eastern brow of Lookout Mountain overlooking historic McLemore Cove. To learn more, visit: LookoutMountainResort.com.
ABOUT SCENIC LAND COMPANY
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Scenic Land Company is a balanced mix of land stewards and community developers. The team and its partners are comprised of planners, designers and contractors sharing a dedication to responsible land development and community building. Scenic Land Company’s goal is creating value through thoughtful land development within each community and growing our local economy, Scenic Land Company develops remarkable communities that balance highest and best uses with the preservation of our natural resources. Other projects developed by Scenic Land Company include Hillocks Farm in Hixson, Brow Wood on Lookout Mountain and The Village of Oakbrook in East Brainerd. To learn more, visit: www.ScenicLandCompany.com
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Scenic Land Investments and its member investors are focused on the development of challenging, undeveloped land and bringing them to market to provide the highest and best use. Scenic Land Investments seeks to provide our member investors’ with a maximum return on investment year-over-year through responsible stewardship and consideration for all people and land involved. To learn more, visit: www.ScenicLandInvestments.com