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Greg Norman opens golf course in Loudon County

Loudon County suffered an attack from a great white shark earlier this month. Golf champion Greg Norman, known in golfing circles as the “Great White Shark” paid a visit to Loudon County for the grand opening of the Tennessee National Golf Course, a 7,393-yard, par-72, course he and his company designed.

“I designed Tennessee National so players of all abilities could enjoy it every time they tee it up,” Norman said. “With generous landing areas and large collection areas for bailout around the green, beginners will feel comfortable on this course. At the same time it will challenge more accomplished players because you really have to think your way around, especially from the back tees. There are preferred angles to the greens, so in essence it encourages you to play the course backwards. For example, on a par-four it is essential to know where the pin is located so you will know the most desirable side of the fairway to position your tee shot.”

Covering 260 acres, Tennessee National is a golf course with distinctive characteristics including stacked sod-wall bunkers, a sub-surface green aeration system, Aussie Green Bermuda Grass, A-1 Bent Grass and native stone bulkhead walls and spillways. The course plays 7,393 yards from the tips, but includes four additional tee boxes for players of all skill levels. There are 13 man-made lakes on the course and water comes into play on 11 holes.

This comprehensive vision for Tennessee National will ultimately include 1,750 single and multi-family residences in a range of premium home styles. Tennessee National has partnered with highly-respected builders in the region to offer a variety of designs and floor plans to be located on waterfront, golf course and woodland lots.

Fieldstone, pasture fencing, stone archways, cupolas, porticos and porches are among the flourishes in a mountain craftsman design that is both rustic and elegant. The community will also offer distinctive neighborhoods including plans featuring authentic architectural details and streetscapes reminiscent of the 1920s and ’30s.

Norman said he has purchased two lots on the property himself, but doesn’t plan on calling the place home.

“When I came out here three years ago, all I saw was a field full of cows and cow dung,” he said. “This has really turned into a great residential golf community. This is a really stunningly beautiful golf course and I don’t use those words to describe every course we have designed.”

Norman inaugurated the course with a ceremonial first tee shot, then retired to a tent to field questions from the media.

Norman said there is a possibility tournaments could be held at Tennessee National in the future, but it wasn’t anything definite.

“I won’t say no. I won’t say yes,” he said. “Only time will tell.”

Norman’s crowning achievements are British Open Championships in 1986 and 1993. The first came at Turnberry in Scotland, where he shot a tournament-record-tying 63 en route to a five-shot victory over Gordon Brand, and the second at Royal St. George's, where he trailed by one stroke entering the final day and closed with 64 to defeat Nick Faldo by two.

In total, Norman has won 86 professional events around the world, including 20 U.S. PGA Tour titles.

He serves as chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, a multinational corporation that comprises several companies and divisions including Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Medallist Golf Developments, Greg Norman Turf Company and Greg Norman Interactive.

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