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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.”

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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

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