Great news, as one of the Richmond, VA golf scene’s golden age gems, Belmont Golf Course, has been spared from the bulldozers. Plans to replace the golf course and community center with a mixed use facility including an amphitheater, an outdoor education center, a hotel and conference center, and space for businesses, offices and housing have been shelved, thanks to community activists.
Articles from The Fried Egg and Geoff Shackleford have called attention to the fact that Belmont is one of only two A.W. Tillinghast designs to host a men’s major championship that’s open to public play, and non-residents can play Belmont on a Saturday morning for $32 without a cart, compared to $150 for Bethpage Black.
With any luck, we architecture nerds and golf tragics can convince Henrico county to do a proper restoration of the course and bring it back to its proper condition.
And by the way, there’s an original Donald Ross course just across the street. Tell me where else you can hit an eight iron over the fence from a Tillinghast and onto a Ross. We need to treasure what we have.