A major overhaul and renovation of a Donald Ross-designed course in western North Carolina angered local residents who say thick smoke is the result of piles of burnt debris.
Bobby Weed Golf Design said in June that the Waynesville Inn & Golf Club renovation plans to reduce the facility from 27 holes to 18 better.
Waynesville’s original nine holes, which are close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, were designed by famed architect Ross and opened in 1926. 18 more were added later.
Residents of the region told WLOS-TV that a pair of burning fireplaces created a thick blanket of smoke in the mountainous region less than an hour west of Asheville.
But a fire marshal insisted the company was handling everything properly.
“People are calling and complaining about the smoke and ash,” Waynesville Fire Marshal Darrell Calhoun told the TV station. “They have a burning permit. They have a burn pit with berms on either side with an excavator. They do everything for a T.
– Rex Hodge (@RexHodge_WLOS) December 28, 2021
According to an earlier report by Golf week, the resort’s master plans include a study on the possible addition of a short course and a Himalayan-style putting green. Other strengths of the master plan include responding to infrastructure and capital improvement needs, hole-by-hole analysis, full course restoration, introduction of best agronomic practices, and effective budgeting.
The property is owned by Raines Company, a hotel group with multiple locations in the Southeastern United States.
The works were expected to last 16 to 24 months as the 111-room inn and the mountainous route that accompanies it join Raines’ hotel division, Woven by Raines.