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Hills to Design New Course in Franklin, Tennessee


Well-regarded golf course architect Arthur Hills has been retained by Southern Land Company (SLC) to design an 18-hole course in Westhaven, a new 1,500-acre development off Highway 96 West in Franklin, Tenn.

Hills and members of his firm, Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates, joined SLC’s landscape architects and community development officials, Westhaven residents, local golf professionals and others for an initial walk-through of the site in December. Construction of the course will begin in early 2006, with its completion for the following year.

"Southern Land Company's selection of Mr. Hills' firm reflects our commitment to design and construct a golf course that will become a destination of choice for avid golfers," said Brian Sewell, senior vice president of community development for SLC. "Mr. Hills has established an international presence based on solid, challenging design principles that result in courses that are critically acclaimed and inviting to a wide range of players. Just like the community of Westhaven, this course will be distinctive."

Located on 200 acres of rolling hills and pastures in the northwest portion of the new community, the course is a "core " design, which means that no homes or streets will encroach on the fairways, enabling players to enjoy a golfing experience free of peripheral activities and traffic. The course will incorporate the site’s existing terrain and landscape, as well as water features and tasteful landscaping.

"We have an opportunity to create within the Westhaven community a beautiful, playable course," said Mr. Hills. "One of our goals is to make the course fun for players at every skill level. The site provides the natural features to create an exciting variety of holes, including those along the Harpeth River; two holes along a meandering, historic stone wall; and many others that incorporate the rolling terrain."

Westhaven’s course, which will be named at a future date, promises to challenge experienced golfers, while offering beginners and families an opportunity to learn the sport and have fun. Also planned is a practice facility with a short three-hole course. Memberships will be offered to residents of both Fairhaven and Franklin.

"Since construction began, Westhaven has consistently outperformed our expectations," said Sewell, in comments related to residential sales. "We have attracted a diverse group of individuals and families who have built homes here based on the interconnectivity of the neighborhoods, the architectural integrity and the amenities. This course will be designed with those community elements in mind in an effort to further enhance the Westhaven lifestyle for existing and future residents."

Different holes on the course will highlight the natural amenities of Westhaven, including dense woodlands, creeks and the Harpeth River, wetlands and pastures. A large clubhouse being constructed on a high knoll will offer views of the course. Additionally, members will have access to a driving range, golf shop and short-game practice area.

"It will be a real treat to partner with the talented team at Southern Land Company when designing and building the course at Westhaven," said Chris Wilczynski, senior partner at Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates. "There is an overriding commitment to quality from both organizations."

For more information about Westhaven, visit www.westhaventn.com.