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Sweetens Cove, beloved 9-holer, to shut for 3 months: ‘Not a straightforward resolution’

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Sweetens Cove will shut this summer time following a difficult winter.

One of many hardest tee instances in public golf simply grew to become an unimaginable get for a lot of the summer time.

Battered by a spell of unusually chilly climate that has brutalized its turf, Sweetens Cove, the beloved 9-hole course in South Pittsburg, Tenn., close to Chattanooga, introduced Sunday that it’s going to shut down from Might 24 by way of Aug. 31. Play will resume on Sept. 1.

“It’s not a straightforward resolution however it’s the precise resolution,” Sweetens Cove basic supervisor Mike Adamski instructed “It’s the precise resolution for the golf course, and for all of the individuals who come right here to get pleasure from it.”

The information, which Sweetens Cove introduced on social media, comes within the midst of what would usually be peak golf season in Tennessee, throughout a yr wherein the climate has been something however seasonal. The primary large curveball from Mom Nature got here in January, Adamski mentioned, when six inches of snow fell in 36 hours throughout a area that traditionally averages one-quarter of an inch of snow per yr. When the snow stopped falling, the temperatures dropped additional, and, Adamski mentioned, “the snow turned to ice that stayed on us for the subsequent 9 days.”

The turf at Sweetens Cove is Bermudagrass, a warm-season varietal that goes dormant by way of a lot of the autumn and winter, and begins to hit its stride as temperatures rise within the late spring and early summer time. This yr, the grass by no means obtained the prospect to totally reawaken. Sweetens Cove is a year-round facility. Initially hopeful that circumstances might recuperate, administration saved the course open for play, providing reductions for subpar circumstances. However as bouts of chilly climate recurred and the turf continued to wrestle, Adamski mentioned, it grew to become obvious {that a} short-term shutdown was the one approach to go.

“Folks come right here for a singular expertise, and we wish to present that for them,” Adamski mentioned. “To have them come all the way in which out right here and the course not dwell as much as their expectations, it wouldn’t be good for us, and it wouldn’t be truthful to them.”

In lieu of typical tee instances, Sweetens Cove affords day passes, a yr’s value of which get snatched up minutes after they’re launched (peak season charges are $125 to stroll and $175 with a cart). The whole thing of the 2024 calendar has been booked strong because it started.

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The shutdown will displace some 3,500 golfers, Adamski mentioned. As compensation, the course is providing these golfers first dibs on passes for 2025, at a 25 % low cost. Golfers who’ve passes between now and the Might 24 closure can both use these passes and play the course at a reduction, or reschedule for 2025, Adamski mentioned. 

Designed by Rob Collins and Thad King, Sweetens Cove has carved a particular path to success because it opened in 2015, evolving from a cult-darling right into a mainstream juggernaut, with an possession group that now contains Peyton Manning and Andy Roddick

Located within the Tennessee River valley, Sweetens Cove has been compelled to close down earlier than however for different causes. The longest of these intervals got here in 2019, when the course closed for 47 days on account of flooding, Adamski mentioned. Different shorter closures have occurred throughout transient spells of unusually frosty winter climate, when upkeep crews have needed to tarp the greens to guard them from the chilly.

It is a extra disruptive weather-induced shutdown. However, Adamski mentioned, Sweetens Cove plans to make use of the downtime to its full benefit by sodding and sprigging the whole course.

“After we reopen, it’s going to be like a brand new course,” he mentioned. “The circumstances are going to be higher than they’ve ever been earlier than.”

Josh Sens Editor

A golf, meals and journey author, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Journal contributor since 2004 and now contributes throughout all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Finest American Sportswriting. He’s additionally the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Enjoyable But: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.



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