Golf Course Management

JUN 2013

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gcm ex t ra High stakes A North Carolina country club is attracting members and building revenue with a whole new (old) game. Brian J. Stiehler, CGCS 70 GCM June 2013 Although croquet has been a popular sport in many areas of the world for centuries, most people in this country know it as a backyard game at family picnics. At Highlands (N.C.) Country Club, this game has taken on new life, thanks to the vision of member Vivian Beckner. Beckner, who is also a member at Indian Creek Country Club in Miami Beach, believed that a croquet court similar to Indian Creek's would attract non-golfers to Highlands CC and enhance its grounds. Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains just two hours north of Atlanta, Highlands CC is an elite club. At an elevation of 4,000 feet, the club offers a cool escape from the Deep South's summer heat, and the local Highlands population swells from 1,000 to over 30,000 during the summer months. In the late '90s, the croquet court was part of a proposed renovation that would reconstruct the 1928 Donald Ross-designed push-up greens to meet USGA specs in a community known for its abundant rainfall — 90-plus inches a year. At that time, the sport had some support in Highlands because a local croquet group — the Chattooga Club — was active in nearby Cashiers, N.C. However, to

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