Major Renovations and New Lodges Slated for 2020
Can we all agree that we need a short winter?
I don’t know about you, but for some strange reason the golf
season was over too quickly and for the moment I am going to
blame it on the PGA.
Just kidding! An unintended consequence of moving the PGA
Championship from August to May - which I thought was a
great idea - was that the major championship golf season was
over in mid-July.
After rethinking all of this I realize that I was wrong, I do not
want the PGA played in May, as it condenses the season to four
months (with all due respect to the Tour Championship) and I
felt cheated somehow, or at least something akin to an empty
stomach. Too much, too soon?
For whatever reason, one season of the one major a month
schedule was enough for me and I hope the PGA goes back to
August for Glory’s Last Shot, just because it feels right. No
analytics here, just a feeling.
The other side of this is that greens are often too soft in August
at a lot of courses in America, and the heat in Tulsa and other
southern sites is almost unbearable that time of year. Those
annoyances don’t seem quite as annoying when, at the
moment, I feel like it’s the middle of January—looking toward
April and you know what —we just finished up with our
Thanksgiving and Christmas is on the horizon.
Speaking of April, Tennessee State Parks has embarked on one
of its most ambitious projects ever, and the citizens of
Tennessee are going to be the beneficiaries.
We are now in the process of renovating Montgomery Bell Lodge
and Restaurant and Pickwick Landing Lodge and Restaurant with
openings scheduled for April/May. With the properties remaining open
with full service for our present guests, we are diligently
renovating all of the rooms, meeting rooms, and restaurants
with completion in early spring.
Also, groundbreaking has begun at Fall Creek Falls State Park
and Paris Landing State Park for brand new lodges to be open in
early to mid-2021. Please go to our website at
Tnstateparks.com; and look at the pictures and renderings for
the new lodges.
Don’t forget, winter seems to be upon but that doesn’t mean
you have to stow your golf clubs until next year. We’re still
open for business across the state at the Tennessee State Parks
courses, and there will be plenty of good days to get out and
tee it up. We’re happy to accommodate you.