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* HENDERSON VILLE, N. C. DONALD ROSS GOLF COURSE OPEN IN JULY Need Long Felt by Hendersonville Community is Met With 18-Hole Layout Representing Expen diture of Almost $100,000—Fully Equipped Club House, Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool Provided in Plans By JAMES W. DUFF Secretary, Hendersonville Golf ' and Cocntry Club Hendersonville's greatest civic achievement in several years is j the acquisition of the Laurel Park golf course which will be open for i play this summer. A jrroup of lo- ' cal citizens purchased the 135-1 acre tract, on which in 1025,' Donald Ross designed and con strutted an 18-hole srolf course j for Laurel Park Estates, and are ! completing this course for the! benefit of tourists and home folk. It will be operated ;t> a club and will be open to all visitors at a i very low cost. In li'25. Donald Ross spent $77,000 on the layout and con struction. He was instructed to. build ihe b< st course possible, not sparing expenses. This course wiU ever be a monument to hi.- *ki!!. os every hole is perfect and of an • entirely different problem, a.-, j there are no two holts alike. The • land is rolling yet not steep, an-.l is so ideal for a course that Mr. i Ross stated it is ore of the three . best he has ever designed. Th'.> i course is only two miles from the | center of the business district and , js just off Fifth avenue as you | enter Laurel Park. The course is 6,402 yards long, j with par 70. The greens are ex ceptionally large and average1 more than 6.000 square feet j each. They are planted with Met-j ropolitan bent strain, which is1 considered best for this climate. This grass can not be grown in the south except in the mountain ous sections and is the grass u-ed on all the northern courses which have held national tournaments. The fairways are wide and rolling and are planted with Kentucky Blue Grass and red top fescue. ~ ' ' —to ureat care n ».> imn iai.^,o,u . get the fairways as smooth a*?! possible, and they have been raked until they are as smooth as a lawn. Xo. 1 tee is surrounded on three sides by a circle of large , white pine.-1 and is elevated quit'i, a bit above the 200-yard markev, j although about the same elevation as the green which is 412 yards j away, and is a par 4. ' No. 2 is -100 yards and is also! a 4 par. This fairway is practical-! ly level but has several trapst which are ready to catch the ball j unless the shot is carefully placed.. Xo. 3 is 141 yards and is a par. The green is practically the onljr fairway. Although it is very large. it is entirely surrounded by • trans. Everyone who has seen ihis course picks it as one of the pret tiest golf holes they have ever I seen. No. 4 is 350 yards and is a par ] 4. Th? green is on the side of a 1 hill and requires an exacting sec-1 f ond shot. Xo. 5 is .363 yards and is also u j ' 4 par. There is plenty of trouble 1 ' all the way on Xo. 5. Your drive. must carry a ravine on the right j and bunkers on the left and has J 'only a narrow opening to the wide j and sloping fairway which opens j 100 yards beyond. The second shot must carry two ponds in j front of the green and there is a j . creek beyond, a steep hill on the | right and a stand trap on the left., Xo. 6 is 420 and a 4. The drive; here must carry about 100 yards over one end of the lake, or you J can play a slight dog-leg and go j around. The second shot is down hill and there are two mounds placed at the front of -the green to make the distance, appear greater. No. 7 is 448 yards and a 5 par. This is up hill almost all of the way, although the green is below Views showing ideal layout and setting of new ^olf course. Top—No. 13 tee in foreground with green in distance. This hole is 186 yards and a par Center—No. 1 tee in fror.t of clubhouse constructed of stone quarried on the golf course property. No. 1 green is 412 yards distant and the ho!? is a par 4. Bottom—No. 18 green at the end of a beautiful wide fairway 421 yards long—a par 4. The fairway slopes upward gradually and the screen i« protected by five traps and bunkers. Five Hcndersonville golfers—J. W. Dulf, Earl Dolbee, C. K. Hoover, Harry Crcwder arid P. F. Sudduth may be identified in the photos. the crest of the hill which makes | the sccond shot blind. There is' plenty of trouble around thi preen and the third shot must be accurate. No. 8 is 205 yards and a 3 par. The preen is higher than the tee and is situated between two big pine trees. This preen has two levels to catch a hard hit shot, which is necessary to get on in one. This is one of the hardest pars on the course. No. 9 is 409 and a 4. It has a beautiful wide, rolling fairway with a slight dog-leg and the green is in front of the club house. No. 10 is 393 and a 4. It is down hill most of the way but the green if? well trapped and has two levels, which makes putting hard er. j No. 11 is 165 and a 3. The green is on a bank, there being little fairway, and requires a per fect shot or you will be in lots of natural hazards. No. 12 is 391 yards Ion?, a 4 par and a dog-leg. The green is extra large and is not level. No. 13 is 186 and a 3. This green is slightly lower than the tee, is trapped on both sides and the fairway slopes to the left, which makes it almost impossible to roll on. No. 14 is 478 and a 5. There is a creek near the green and if you get a long drive you can take a chance on the second shot going over the creek, or play it short and pitch over. No. 15 is 448 and a 4. The drive must carry the creek 100 yards away and there is natural trouble on both sides of the fair way. No. 16 is 431 and a 4. This! green is slightly uphill and is the j only natural green on the course! a.- all others were built. The green lays in a natural pocket. No. 17 is 328 and a 4. This i green is long and narrow. The j approach is very difficult as the | green is four feet high and re-1 quires a perfect shot. It is trap-' ped on both sides. I No. 18 is 421, a 4-par and up-| hill. There is a beautiful wide fairway leading to a large round green. There are five traps and) bunkers. The course contains a practice fairway and practice green, two tennis courts and a lake. There is1 also a stone clubhouse which is very attractively decorated and is to be enlarged soon. A number of professionals, green-keepers and champion golf ers visitea tne course nwi«i and all were high in their praise of the layout. All have said they have never seen a beiter one and are anxious to try it when it opens this July. A special act of the legisla ture authorized the Ilnndersonville Golf and Country club to transfer the course to the fcity and then lease it for a Ion? peiiod of years. The golf course and country club is managed by a board of gover nors, including the following per sons: Milo W. Strong, chairman; J. W. Duff, secretary; H. B. Kel ly, treasurer; Dr. J. L, Wedding ton, vice-chairman; E. A. Smyth, 3rd, Dr. J. G. Bennett, H. Walter Fuller, C. K. Hoover, and C. M. Ogle. Wives of golf club members have formed a women's division to furnish the club house.