Bergin-designed 12-hole course to anchor Tennessee housing development

  • Smithbilt Homes is building new golf course and housing development in East Tennessee

Smithbilt Homes is developing a housing community in Oak Ridge, Tenn., built around a 12-hole short course. Bill Bergin, the golf course architect who has been the main person behind the ASGCA’s push to make courses more player friendly, is designing the course. 

The community will have approximately 160 new homes by the end of the year. This is the first golf course for the developer, which claims to be the number one homebuilder in East Tennessee. The family-run business focuses on affordable homes between 1,200 and 2,100 square feet, starting at $100,000.

Josh Sanderson, a development associate with Smithbilt, said the company plans to operate the course in-house.

Bergin worked with Longleaf Golf & Family Club in Pinehurst, N.C., to expand existing tee complexes in an effort to increase rounds and improve pace of play. That experience led the ASGCA to adopt the Longleaf Tee Initiative, a joint partnership with U.S. Kids Golf Foundation. The goal of the initiative is for all players to enjoy the game while maintaining the design integrity and challenge of the layout.

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