Major Renovations and New Lodges Slated for 2020

Dec 22, 2019 | articles

Doug Harris Claims Super Senior Title
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; 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.

Doug Harris Claims Super Senior Title

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