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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New roofing, siding or doors can help you fall in love with your home again | Sponsored Content

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OUR NEIGHBORS | Job Corps kitchen duo says cooking for others can be form of love | Features

Barbara Bishop and Carol Laster believe cooking food for others can be an expression of love, and when you cook for hundreds of people a day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

Bishop, 63, and Laster, 61, both of Manhattan, have each worked in the Flint Hills Job Corps Center’s kitchen for more than 20 years.

Bishop began working part time at the Job Corps, a technical education training program, in 1997 after she retired from the military. She and her husband became stationed at Fort Riley in 1991, though both are from Arkansas, and have stayed in the area over since. Over the years, Bishop eventually worked up to becoming the kitchen manager.

Laster, the lead cook, initially began working at the Job Corps around 1993. The Baltimore, Maryland, native said she initially moved to the area in the early 90s to be closer to a family member. There were a couple years in between that she worked elsewhere, she said, but she returned to the Job Corps afterward.

Bishop is responsible for overseeing the overall management of the kitchen and helping where needed, and Laster executes the ideas and day-to-day cooking with the help of four other kitchen staff.

“We have students here from all walks of life and most will tell me what they like to eat or what they eat in their country, and they just give me a recipe,” Laster said. “They just give me an idea for it and I just research and make it.”

Before the pandemic, the kitchen staff served about 600 people a day for breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. Now, however, they serve about 75 because fewer students are living on campus. While Bishop said she can’t wait to reopen fully and see everyone, she is taking advantage

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