Construction on Olde Stone Continues

Work on a new private golf course in continuing in Bowling Green, Ky. Designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates, the 7,324-yard layout is being built within a new 535-acre community off Scottsville Road. Besides The Course at Olde Stone, the development includes a full-service clubhouse, a 12-acre practice facility, and 400-plus homesites. Also planned are swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports, and other recreational facilities.

The $30 million project is being built by Scotty's Development Co., LLC, a firm owned by Jim Scott. Scott has been involved in many unique construction projects over the past three decades, but he says nothing compares to Olde Stone. If all goes according to schedule, the golf and clubhouse facilities will open in fall 2005.

Despite its secluded location in southwest Kentucky along the banks of Drake's Creek, Olde Stone lies only 3 miles south of Interstate 65 on U.S. 231. Its site is between U.S. 231 and Old Scottsville Road.

"Initial work on the project involved building a new bridge over Drake's Creek," Scott told reporter Tom Hale of Construction Digest in November. "That bridge, which leads into the development, was completed in May. We started work on the golf course in February and we hope to have it done by December 1."

The course is being built by Oliphant Construction of Waunakee, Wis. With his extensive background in construction – his company has been one of Kentucky's biggest road builders since 1972, Scott is very interested in how the golf portion of his project is proceeding. "Building a golf course is something I always wanted to do," he said. "I love to play golf and I have always admired exceptionally manicured courses that respect the existing landscape.

“Now, I have an opportunity to build such an upscale golf course – the first in this area. It is going to be fantastic. It will be one of the few in Kentucky to have both bentgrass fairways and greens. We've gone to extensive lengths to make this a possibility, which is a challenge this far south."

Scott gave designer Hills a free reign to craft a golf course on terrain that the esteemed architect claims as "one of the absolute best sites we've worked on." Featuring five tees per hole, the track ranges in length from 5,445 and 7,324 yards. The site involves hills, flatlands, trees, grassland, and water. There is a difference of 160 vertical feet between the highest and lowest points of the course, and water hazards – three lakes and Drake's Creek – enter play on five holes.

Scott worked closely with Hills and Co. for approximately a year to create The Course at Olde Stone. "I wanted to make sure the course is the best in this region, and it is unbelievable! I am so thrilled and proud – it is turning out better than I envisioned," he told Hale. "I have surrounded myself with great people, and they are doing a fantastic job."

According to Scott, approximately 3 million yards of earth were moved while shaping the course. Besides the smooth-rolling bentgrass fairways and greens, the layout will feature approximately 70 white-sand bunkers. During construction each fairway was plated with 6 inches of sand to enhance drainage.

With Olde Stone’s thoughtfully arranged neighborhoods and many recreational amenities – including hiking, canoeing, fishing, and playing ball on a large recreational field located near the main entrance off Scottsville Road, the development should suit all residents. "We're trying to make it a family community," Scott said.