News 12 at 6 o'clock; April 7, 2009
WRENS, Ga. --- A golf course left to dry and torn up by a tornado in Wrens from 2008 is fixed up. Today, British Open Champ Tony Jacklin teed off from the first hole.
With just a little bit of stretching, teeing it up and away goes the ball, as Tony Jacklin tees off on the first hole. He hit two shots, "the first club he (owners son) gave me had a shaft like a fishing rod," says Tony. Tony isn't just hitting any ol' tee shot. He is the 1969 British Open Champ, 1970 US Open Champ, 7 time Ryder Cup player and 4 times Ryder Cup European Captain, with three of his four teams winning it all.
"No practice, not my own clubs, no gloves or nothing," says Tony. "The second one (tee shot) was alright so I quit while I was ahead."
But, none of that mattered because his tee shot helped put the Four Seasons Golf Club in Wrens, GA back on the map after laying bare for a while and a tornado from 2008 ripped through the course.
"With all these weeds and I was just praying that someone would take over," says Robert Holley. Robert had his prayers answered when the Litchfield's bought the course. They planned to do something else with the land but when members asked to keep the course open, they did and fixed it up. Turns out, it would be the only course in Wrens right now.
"We have come so far it's unbelievable but we still have a long way to go," says Dianne Litchfield. They put in new tee boxes, trees, stone walls and so much more.
"Every time you come out they amaze," says Robert. "They just put something else up and you just think it can get no better and it just gets better and better."
It all made the way for a nice drive through the entire 18 holes at the course, with some living history on the tee box with Jacklin. "It was just an opportunity for me to give back really and I'm grateful for it," says Jacklin.
"Ain't it something," says Robert.
Dianne says they will have a grand re-opening of the course on April 18th and they plan to continue to work on the course in the coming months.