RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | History and progress aren’t often compatible. Brent Schneider knew that when he submitted a 120-page proposal for what his Greater Richmond chapter of the First Tee would like to do with the beleaguered Belmont Golf Course that had Hall of Fame roots digging back more than 100 years but seemed unable to flourish in a new century.
“Where the history of American golf meets the future of American golf,” is what Schneider pitched in his detailed proposal in 2020. “If you’re not interested, stop reading.”
Connecting history and the future is a fine needle to thread, but the County of Henrico accepted the challenge. And the result is a model reimagining of how a land-locked piece of historic property can serve both the golf purists and golf curious in a way that might just benefit everyone.
The new Belmont Golf Club that reopens May 24 will be both familiar and new to golfers in the Richmond metropolitan area. There are 12 holes faithfully restored by the Davis Love III Golf Design group to what A.W. Tillinghas…