Emory happy for warmer weather

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By The Staff


Roane Newspapers

As the weather outside has warmed up, more and more people are making their way to play a round of golf and those making the trip to Emory Golf Club in Harriman are noticing some subtle changes that are making for a nicer experience on the links.

"Our main focus has been the greens, but overall we're trying to improve everything," course manager David Moore said. "We want to make this a family friendly place where people can come and enjoy playing."

While the putting surfaces have gotten the most attention, Moore believes newer equipment is making a difference on all nine holes.

"We've upgraded some equipment and that's helping improve the whole course," he said. "This winter we trimmed every tree on the course and it's really looking nice."

Unfortunately for Moore, he had plenty of time to trim those trees during the winter months as cold weather and a poor economy seemed to have hurt Emory Golf Club.

"Anytime the economy is bad people cut back on entertainment and non essentials," Moore said. "And we also had a cold winter. We only had two or three days of warm weather this winter, but since the weather has warmed up lately we've noticed a lot of people on the course."

Moore has been on the job at Emory for less about six months and he has more changes in store for the course in the weeks, months and years to come.

"We're not going to make a lot of big changes, but rather improve the aesthetics of the course," Moore said. "We want to move some sod and smooth out some of the rough spots. We'd also like to make the fairways solid Bermuda and we'd eventually like to have a set of senior tees away from the women's tees."