Extreme Makeover Of BGC Has Begun

These days, the greens aren’t living up to the name of the Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course (BMGC).


Following the closure of the course last month, the grass started turning brown at the nine-hole course, which was known as ‘The Hill’ in its days. It was the only restoration of the course in its history of close to 100-year, said Jeff Kepplin the General Manager.

Although, for the golf, the summer is the prime time and Kepplin said and there was a hurry to get the new seeds in the ground before the beginning of the fall with an objective to make the course being ready to play next spring.

“It is kind of makeover of the golf course to an extreme level,” he said.

In this regards the work has been scheduled and it includes re-grassing the fairways, surrounding and greens and also enhancing it including the alteration of some spots in the 14 bunkers of the course.

Kepplin said, “Presently, here there is a level of player present here that does not come to the course because we do not have the golf turf here”.

The project cost is $850,000 and it was approved by a unanimous vote for funding during the meeting of the Blacksburg Town Council that helps on 9th of May. The course will follow the design of George Golf Design, which is a Richmond-based firm.

Kepplin further added that, when he contacted the founder of the firm Lester George he quickly recollected the personal connection of the George Golf Design firm with the course. He said, “The best thing about Lester George is that, the wife of Lester grew up in Blacksburg and during her days in Blacksburg, she used to play on this course only. That time it was known as Blacksburg Country Club,” He said.