Love III architect behind First Tee Belmont renovation

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – When it re-opens, Belmont Golf Course will be unlike any golf facility one has visited. That’s according to former PGA Tour major champion Davis Love III.

a group of people standing next to a woman at a park: Davis Love III is the architect behind the renovations at Belmont Golf Course.

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Davis Love III is the architect behind the renovations at Belmont Golf Course.

Love is the architect leading the renovations at Belmont, now owned by First Tee-Greater Richmond. He and his brother, Mark, co-founded Love Golf Design in 1994 and have blueprinted several courses in the southeast. Now he’s restoring and renovating one of Virginia’s historical golf markers for a cause he fully supports.

“I was on the board of the PGA Tour when the First Tee was created,” Love III said on Tuesday. “I’ve watched it grow from its infancy and it’s a big part of what we do in our tournament.”

First Tee’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. First Tee-Greater Richmond reached more than 71,000 youth in 2019.

Love says that he’s been a part of a lot of First Tee projects, but nothing like the $5 million renovation that Belmont is currently undergoing. The course was designed by famous architect A.W. Tillinghast in 1917 and Love would like to keep some of those characteristics. The venue hosted the PGA Championship in 1949, won by Sam Snead, and it remains the only course in Virginia to host a PGA Tour major championship.

“We’re glad to not only give the kids an opportunity of a great place to play, but bring this golf course back to what it was,” Love said.

Once complete, Belmont will be state of the art, featuring a 12-hole championship caliber course, a six hole short course,

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The renovation will also include a putting course just under an acre in size, a driving range and a putting green.

After Belmont was opened in 1916, it was renovated by Donald Ross in 1927.

But the current renovation is restoring portions of the course back to the way it first was. Nine of the 12 holes on the main course will have original greens.

Other holes, on the six-hole short course, draw influences from other Tillinghast courses, like San Francisco Golf Club.

“It’s just, trying to bring the history back,” Love said.

Belmont isn’t short on history, as the only course in Virginia to host a PGA major: the 1949 PGA Championship, won by Sam Snead. Ben Hogan also won the Richmond Invitational there, four years earlier.

But space was one of the reasons First Tee and Love Golf Design opted to split the course into a 12-hole circuit and a six-hole short course, instead of leaving it at 18 holes. The facility lacked amenities like an area to practice, which First Tee needs for its youth programs.

So the spot was divided a bit.

“This was an 18-hole golf course with no practice facility,” said Brent Schneider, CEO of The First Tee of Greater Richmond. “And so we knew in its original state it wasn’t going to work. But we also really appreciated the history.”

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Sony Xperia 1 III could have display and camera improvements

(Pocket-lint) – Sony Mobile has already announced two smartphones this year – the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 5 II – but rumours have already started appearing for the next generation of Xperia 1, due in early 2021.

According to AndroidNext, the Xperia 1 III will feature improvements to both the front camera and the display.

The report suggests the display will have a 15 per cent bump in brightness compared to the Xperia 1 II, whilst also offering a higher refresh rate.

In terms of the front selfie camera, it’s claimed the Xperia 1 III will have a wider aperture, which would allow more light to reach the sensor, theoretically improving low light shots. 

We’d still expect to see a 4K resolution on the Xperia 1 III’s display, along with a 21:9 aspect ratio and support for HDR. It would be great to see the bezels at the top and bottom of the display reduce for the third generation of the Xperia 1 though.

There’s no detail on the sensor size for the Xperia 1 III’s front camera but the Xperia 1 II has an 8-megapixel sensor so it might be that the successor offers the same but with a wider aperture only. 

Typically, the Sony Xperia 1 III would be unveiled in February 2021 at Mobile World Congress. The Barcelona trade show has been postponed until later in 2021 however so it’s currently not known if Sony will still launch the Xperia 1 III in the early part of the year, or wait until the trade show. 

Writing by Britta O’Boyle.

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