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Originally published: 2013-02-20 19:14:49
Last modified: 2013-02-21 10:43:06

Blowing Rock Country Club changes golf course

There will be a slightly different look to the Blowing Rock Country Club golf course when it opens this spring for its 98th season.

Under the design of Kris Spence of Greensboro, greens on the 9th and 14th holes are new, and the par five 14th has been lengthened to make it a true three-shot hole.

The work, along with some minor cosmetic changes, was completed this winter by golf course superintendent Ben Barnes and his maintenance staff. Assisting were contractor Earl Sanders of Green Tee Golf and irrigation consultant Tony Altum.

"I am pleased with the changes," said golf director Wayne Smith,"and think that the course has been improved. Members and guests will welcome the new look and find the course more playable."

During the years, both greens that were added had lost original shapes and sizes. The putting surface on the 9th hole had decreased to 3,000 feet. The new green measures 4,500 feet. In addition, two new bunkers to the right of the green were added.

On 14, tees were moved back to lengthen the shortest par five on the course.

Two fairway bunkers were added, along with a deep bunker guarding the left side of the putting surface, which was doubled in size.

The Blowing Rock course was opened in 1915 and is renowned for its colorful history and tradition.

The course will reopen May 4.