Integrity to oversee golf operations at CC of Bristol

Integrity Golf Company, based in Orlando, Fla., will oversee golf operations at Country Club of Bristol in northeastern Tennessee, as per a long-term agreement effective July 1. 

The property, which dates back to 1894, was acquired in late June by Bristol Preservation LLC, a local Tri-Cities Tennessee group run by local businessmen Mitch Walters, Roscoe Bowman and real estate professional Tim Carter.

“The whole idea behind this effort is to preserve this golf course and keep Tennessee’s oldest club alive,” Walters said in a news release. “We didn’t want it closed and turned into a major development because you can never build it back once that happens. Integrity Golf gives us the opportunity to do that.”

Country Club of Bristol is one of the longest-running clubs in America and is considered the birthplace of organized golf in the state of Tennessee. It features an 18-hole course built in 1968 by local golf course architect A.G. McKay.

 “We look forward to partnering with the Bristol Preservation team,” Integrity President/CEO Gene Garrote said in a news release. “We’re eager to start sharing our expertise and local knowledge with this landmark property. This is a beautiful golf course with a rich history and we’re excited about the future viability of this Tri-Cities treasure.”

Integrity Golf also manages nearby Crockett Ridge Golf Course in Kingsport, Tenn.

Integrity Golf is one of the top 25 largest management companies in the world with 35.5 courses at 31 private, daily fee, resort and municipal facilities in six states including Florida, Tennessee, New York, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina.

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