Here at High Meadows Golf & Country Club, we are very proud of our golf course. Designed in 1964 by George Cobb, our course is fun yet challenging to play. Each hole is designed to work with the landscape, allowing for beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course, upkeep of the course is very important to keep it in top playing condition. In the spring of 2019, our Board will be working with Bill Bergin, well-respected golf course architect, to renovate all bunkers and tees at High Meadows.
Bill brings a lifetime of appreciation of the game of golf to his work in golf course design. After graduating from Auburn University, Bill spent six years as a professional golfer. He played in more than 50 PGA Tour events, including three U.S. Opens and two British Opens. He then spent three years as a teaching professional at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia. “Teaching has been instrumental in my development as a designer, helping me better understand the recreational golfer,” Bill said.
Bill began his career as a golf course designer by first working with Bill Cupp, Golf World Magazine’s first ever Golf Architect of the Year. He then went on to found Bergin Golf Designs, where he has been designing and renovating golf courses for over 25 years. Bergin Golf Designs’ portfolio of courses includes an impressive list of original courses as well as renovations. Some original designs include Foxland Harbor in Gallatin, Tennessee, Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama, and Heritage Plantation in Laurel Hill, Florida. Renovations include Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, Chattanooga Golf & Country Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Oaks Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Today, Bill works with his son Matt Bergin and landscape architect Justin Killingsworth. Together, the team uses drones and Autocad to create topographical maps and renderings. “I call what we do a transformation, because the improvement we are able to achieve is truly amazing,” Bill said. “We document all of our work through photographs so you can truly see the transformation process.”
At High Meadows, Bergin Golf Designs will be renovating the tees to distribute them proportionally, and complete a bunker renovation to update the materials and improve the design. “The bunker renovation will transform the look and playability of this course,” Bill said. Certain greens complexes will actually take on an entirely new look, and the course will be visually captivating and more playable for the members.”