Who We Are
Friends of Belmont Golf Course is a non-profit organization with three primary objectives:
1. Save historic Belmont Golf Course.
2. Restore A.W. Tillinghast’s design features that have eroded through the passage of time.
3. Re-imagine Belmont Park and and avocate for a golf-centric park serving traditional 18-hole golfers, as well as a broad segment of the community that finds an 18-hole round of golf to simply be too daunting or time consuming.
Belmont Park can be a shining example of what a public access, community-minded golf facility should be- a place where the game-of-a-lifetime is learned and enjoyed by all- men, women, youth, grandparents-&-grandkids, Wounded Warriors and others seeking a recreational outlet.
In the late 1890’s, a group of prominent business leaders formed Hermitage Golf Club.
On 58-acres of leased property near Broad Street and Hermitage Road in Richmond a small clubhouse was constructed while plans were drawn for a 9-hole golf course. (This property is the present site of the Science Museum of Virginia, which previously was RF&P Railroad’s Broad Street Station.)
Albert Warren "Tillie" Tillinghast (May 7, 1876 – May 19, 1942) was an American golf course architect. Tillinghast was one of the most prolific architects in the history of golf; he worked on more than 265 different courses. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.
A golf-centric park
The three concept drawings below illustrate some of the changes that would facilitate a much more community oriented version of Belmont Golf Course.
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Bruce has been active in golf, serving as President of the Virginia State Golf Association, rating golf courses for Golfweek's Top 100, and writing golf history and architecture articles in various magazines as well as a regular column, “Great Holes”, in the Virginia Golfer.
Great Granddaughter of AW Tillinghast
Ms. Knabe is a student of Tilly’s multifaceted career and life. She is a strong proponent for the preservation and restoration of Belmont golf course..
President, AW Tillinghast Association
Historian, Baltusrol Golf Club
The opportunity to save and restore any Tillinghast course is a rare opportunity, what makes Belmont extra-special is that it has also hosted the 1949 PGA Championship.
He is best known for finishing second in the U.S. Amateur three straight years, 1967-69, before winning in 1972.
He has played in 11 professional majors, making the cut in three-of-nine Masters appearances and made the cut in both US Open appearances.
2019 aerial view of Belmont GC front-9. Please note that the trailer park is gone from the property adjacent to the Dump Furniture Store and the #1 green is no longer on the east-side of North Run. Can this become a driving range where the game can be learned by any-and-all?
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4840 Waller Road, Suite 103
Richmond, VA, 23230
Phone: 804 387-8566