The sport of golf is popular around the area with players of all ages filling up the numerous courses in Rutherford County.
Last week, the newest addition to the golf family opened at the Old Fort Golf Club with the six-hole Bloomfield Links course, which is designed for the beginning golfers of all ages trying to help grow the game around the area.
“Hopefully, it will be used by anybody and everybody,” Tracy Wilkins, director of golf for the City of Murfreesboro said. “People wanting to learn golf is why it was designed. Anybody can play it. A lot of it is targeted for some of our programs to teach what golf is all about and life skills. Bloomfield Links is a vehicle to be able to do that. It is unique that most cities do not have anything like this.”
Most golf courses around the world are usually nine or 18 holes with a lot of hazards to give the players the best challenge possible. However, Wilkins and the rest of the staff wanted to make this new course unique. So instead, the course is only six holes and there are no pars on it. Also, there are no water hazards, and there is only one bunker on the entire course which will also be used to teach those types of shots to the beginners.
In order to help the beginners get used to the sport, each hole has two cups. One is the traditional size like on normal courses, and the other cup is a couple of inches bigger to help those just learning the game.
“Golf is a difficult sport to learn anyway, and most of the courses are built with a lot of different hazards,” Wilkins said.
“This is a 10 to 12 acre piece of property that does not have any water hazards on it. There are also a lot of bumps and humps on the course.”
Another component of Bloomfield Links is the affordable cost to play. It is only $5 for juniors to play it all day. For adults it is only $10 unless they are with a child, which has a $5 cost. For those players 55 years and older it is also $5 to play.
Wilkins added he has several goals he wants to accomplish with Bloomfield Links.
“We want to try to grow the game itself and introduce it to people that normally would not get the chance to play golf,” he said. “The biggest goal is to be able to influence kids in a positive way. We are trying to teach life skills like honesty, integrity, and responsibility with all of the things that go with it.”
Currently, Bloomfield Links is having sign-ups for junior golf leagues that will begin later this year and last for six to eight weeks. Each team will have four players on it. The league will be designed based on skill level and age group of every player. The cost is $25, and includes a clinic and a jersey. The sign-ups will be held until July 7.