Henrico County Moves to Resurrect Historic Belmont Golf Course
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last night on a plan to resurrect Lakeside’s Historic Belmont Golf Course. Charles Fishburne reports.
Charles Fishburne: Built in 1917 it is the area’s oldest course. But Hermitage Country club moved to Goochland and the county purchased the course in 1977. However, It has lost money for 20 years.
Neil Luther: The game of golf national and locally has changed.
Fishburne: But Neil Luther, Director of Recreation and Parks says the community wanted to save it.
Luther: What we heard is even if you don’t play golf we value Belmont as a Landmark Resource.
Fishburne: Last night, the county agreed to accept a proposal from First Tee of Greater Richmond. They will raise three million capital upfront and sign a 20-year lease. The county will add 750 thousand already set aside for maintenance. The complete renovation will take most of next year.
Luther: With a driving range, a six hole par three golf course and 12 classic AW Tillinghast- style holes along the back nine.
Fishburne: First Tee is a non-profit focused on introducing youth to golf and its values. Charles Fishburne, VPM News
Anchor Tag: Belmont will be closed for renovations most of 2020.