24 Apr 2008 23:32:01
Scott M. Kozel
Dogwood Trace Golf Course Opens - Petersburg VA


Guests get first swing at Dogwood Trace

PETERSBURG — Members of the Petersburg High School golf team took some
of the ceremonial, first swings at Dogwood Trace Golf Course. The golf
course officially opens today, though public officials and others were
invited to a preview day yesterday.

“This is another jewel in the crown of Petersburg,” Mayor Annie Mickens
said. “This is how we’re working to improve the quality of life in

She said it will give the youth of the city a great recreational
opportunity and a chance to learn discipline and sportsmanship. She
added that the game of golf is not the exclusive domain of youth, but
also those young at heart. She added that Dogwood Trace will be the home
field for Petersburg High School’s golf team.

Mickens said she only wished that former Assistant City Manager Eric
Campbell was at the grand opening, considering all the hard work he had
put in to realizing the dream of a viable golf course for the city.
Campbell left the city earlier this month to pursue a job in Charlotte,

During his time with the city, Campbell worked closely with the
redevelopment of Lee Park Golf Course into Dogwood Trace.

Jamie Fagan, Dogwood Trace general manager and head professional, said
the transformation of the course in a year was an amazing
accomplishment, from a potential liability as a derelict golf course
into an asset to the city.

Tom Clark, the architect of the renovated course, said it was a
challenge to get the course to a playable condition again, but the
results are a credit to all the engineers who worked on the project.

“It is playable and we believe it will be a successful and affordable
course,” Clark said. Clark added that he had nominated the course for
Golf Digest’s awards for best new and affordable course.

Clark said the project was more than just a renovation, it was almost a

Fagan said the course will soon be integrating plans to bring golf to
the youth in a very accessible way. Dogwood Trace will work in
coordination with the Parks and Recreation Department to offer summer
camps, Saturday clinics, tournaments, introduction to golf in the
eighth- and ninth-grade physical education classes. The course may also
become an affiliate of the First Tee program, which teaches values such
as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship through the game of golf.

Dogwood Trace is an 18-hole championship course. The 6,000-yard course
incorporates water hazards, bunkers and the natural terrain. City
residents need only pay $20 to play on weekdays, $30 Friday through
Sunday. Non-city residents will pay $25 on weekdays, $35 on weekends.
Seniors pay only $20 to play. Cart fees are extra. Annual memberships
are also available. They start at $1,000 for Petersburg seniors and cap
out at $1,300 for non-residents. For more information on the course or
to reserve a tee time, contact Dogwood Trace at 732-5573, or visit the
course Web site, dogwoodtracegolf.com.

• F.M. Wiggins may be reached at 732-3456, ext. 254 or