NASHVILLE (WSMV) – The Bellevue Park soccer fields are inundated by overflowing water from the Harpeth River. Not far away, the Harpeth Valley golf course empties its equipment.

The Harpeth Valley golf course has been essentially wiped out by floodwaters twice – once in 2010 and last year. They rebuilt both times.

This year they are staying ahead of the Harpeth River. Almost a year ago today, heavy rains caused unease at Harpeth Valley Golf Course.

“We lost the building, we lost pretty much everything,” said Harpeth Valley Golf Courses Business Manager Charlie Smoot. “All buildings, all equipment, golf carts, tractors.”

The March 2021 flood wiped out Charlie Smoot’s family business. It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild.

“I just can’t emotionally afford it and what do you have to risk having to go through all of this again,” Smoot said.

This time they are prepared.

“I was here watching the [water] levels,” he said. “I came here last night and carried fertilizer and seeds.”

And they will come back.

“We’re going to resist this one and keep going,” Smoot said. “We love it. We love the community; we love being here and it’s our life.

Smoot said that at 17 feet, this river will overflow. And at 18, it happens in their pro shop – which they had moved from the parking lot on Wednesday. He said more weather resistant changes are coming so they can stay in this community, he will have them.

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