The Course at Sewanee was appropriately shrouded in fog for today’s early-morning dedication ceremony. Vice-Chancellor John McCardell, Vice President for University Advancement Jay Fisher, and Chris Hehmeyer, C’77, the principal advocate for the golf course renovation, spoke at the ceremony. In appreciation for his vision and leadership, the course was dedicated in Hehmeyer's honor. The Rev. King Oehmig, T'77, gave the benediction.
The fog lifted over the newly renovated course, and some of the close to 100 alumni and friends of Sewanee who gathered this weekend for the 15th annual Sewanee Golf Classic—and the opportunity to be the first golfers to play the revamped course—prepared to tee off. The course will open to the public Sunday, June 9.
The renovation project strengthened the golf course as a practice and competition venue for university golf teams, enhanced the challenges of the course, and incorporated environmentally sustainable features. Renowned course designer Gil Hanse was the architect of the new course. Hanse was Golf magazine’s 2009 Architect of the Year, and two Hanse courses are recognized on Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses. He has been chosen to design the course for golf’s return to the Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Read more about the course renaissance here (Golfweek).
The Course at Sewanee is approaching its centennial anniversary, and is the only course in the U.S. to have been designed in part by a bishop of the Episcopal Church. The Rt. Rev. Albion Knight, seventh vice-chancellor of the University of the South, in 1915 carved out nine holes, with sand greens and tees, on a northwest-facing bluff.
The new Sewanee Inn, with a spring 2014 completion date, will offer welcoming and comfortable accommodations for alumni, families of prospective students, and other visitors to the Mountain. Paired with the new Course at Sewanee, it will provide even more reason to visit campus.