Montgomery Bell State Park Celebrates New Golf Shop
New Facility Honors Commissioner Jim Fyke's Commitment to Tennessee State Parks
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke this afternoon joined Montgomery Bell State Park staff and special guests, including former Congressman Bob Clement, to dedicate the new golf shop at the Frank G. Clement Golf Course at Montgomery Bell State Park.
The new golf shop features an expanded clubhouse with a covered terrace, snack bar, retail store and cart storage space all in one integrated facility. After the ribbon cutting program, Tennessee State Parks Assistant Commissioner Andy Lyon unveiled a plaque dedicating the new facility as the James H. Fyke Golf Shop in recognition of the Commissioner’s commitment to Tennessee State Parks and his career-long leadership for parks, people and outdoor recreation in Tennessee.
“I’m honored by this gesture, and more than anything, proud of all of the dedicated employees of the Tennessee State Parks system who work so hard every day to care for our parks and the people who enjoy them,” said Fyke.
“Those of us who work in Tennessee State Parks wanted to do something to recognize Commissioner Fyke’s many accomplishments,” said Lyon. “He’s worked to improve state parks facilities and increase self-sufficiency, garnering national recognition for Tennessee State Parks, and positively impacting all of Tennessee.”
The new golf shop was funded in Fiscal Year 2006-2007, and is located in a wooded cove just off the first tee. It was designed to complement its natural surroundings in the tradition of Civilian Conservation Corps architecture. It replaces an outdated building, which was demolished to make room for the new facility.
The new golf shop builds on other course improvements at Montgomery Bell, including the successful conversion to CHAMPION Bermuda greens and recognition as a Groundwater Guardian Green Site and certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
The golf course at Montgomery Bell State Park was built in 1973 and redesigned in 1988. Hole number two, a 446 yards long par five, is the signature hole. This beautiful hole has fairways lined with hardwood trees and four bunkers protect the green. The entire course is heavily wooded and features an abundance of wildlife such as deer, geese and wild turkey. For more information, visit www.tngolftrail.net.