Resort profile Barnsley Gardens

By Links MagazineJune 26, 2008, 4:00 pm

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Adairsville, Ga. 'Todays guests can thank Prince Hubertus Fugger of Bavaria for the transformation of this luxury resort an hour northwest of Atlanta. Engaged by the propertys history, Fugger bought the land in 1988, spent more than $3.5 million to restore the elaborate gardens planted a century and a half earlier, and opened them to the public in 1992. Five years later, Barnsley Gardens became Barnsley Gardens Resort with the addition of 33 English-style guest cottages, a Jim Fazio-designed golf course called The General, and other activities, including fishing, horseback riding and sporting clays.
The original owner, Godfrey Barnsley, would have been proud, for he intended the estate to be a place of respite. Barnsley, an English cotton baron, was married to Julia Scarborough, a shipping heiress from Savannah, Georgia. When Julia fell sick, Barnsley moved her to north Georgia, hoping she would benefit from the gentler climate, but she died of consumption before the gardens and luxury manor he envisioned were completed.
According to legend, Julia appeared to Godfrey in the gardens a year after her death and told him to finish the work for their six children and future generations. He did finish, building a mansion and a garden inspired by the principles of Andrew Jackson Downing, designer of the White House grounds and the Washington Mall. But Barnsley soon lost his fortune in the Civil War, and Union soldiers ransacked the estate, helping themselves to the manors imported furnishings, Italian marble and other treasures. Godfreys daughter Julia struggled to rebuild the property, but the sad saga continued when a tornado blew the roof off the manor in 1906. (Julia, incidentally, is said to be Margaret Mitchells inspiration for the character of Scarlett OHara in Gone with the Wind.) In 1935, one of Godfreys great-grandsons murdered his brother during an argument over control of the property. Barnsley descendents continued to occupy the estate until it was sold at auction in 1942.
The property sat in disrepair until the arrival of Fugger, who also looked to Downings writings when building the resorts pedestrian village. Like spokes on a wheel, footpaths extend from the town hall. The grand Woodlands clubhouse sits at the southern edge of the village, while on the northwestern perimeter are the mansion ruins, gardens and the resorts fine-dining restaurant, Rice House.
Fugger, who sold the property to local investors in 2004, was so intent on maintaining the Downing-inspired gardens that he hired a horticulturalist to travel the country with Barnsleys receipts, searching for the same plants. The result is a stunning array of boxwoods, more than 140 species of roses and the largest collection of private conifers in the Southeast, with more than 80 species of pine dating to the 1850s.
On crisp fall afternoons, these grounds beg to be explored on foot. The cottage-lined streets and paths give way to open, rolling fields, which in turn lead up to wooded ridges criss-crossed by 12 miles of hiking trails. Evenings offer pleasant outings as well: Many guests gather at the Bavarian Beer Garden, where an open fire pit is the staging area for staff-led walking tours punctuated by ghost stories from the estates sometimes-spooky past.
During the day, golfers can negotiate Fazios broad-shouldered 7,189-yard layout, routed along 378 acres of woodland. There are a number of dogleg holes and semiblind tee shots'a repeat round is crucial for familiarization'but the challenge is clear on an outstanding set of par 3s. Three of four play downhill, including the 240-yard 8th and the 227-yard 14th, both tumbling nearly 100 feet from tee to green.
Barnsleys homey cottages come with a private porch and rocking chairs, heart-of-pine floors, wood-burning fireplace and four-poster feather beds dressed in Egyptian linens. Adding a personal touch to each guests stay is Denise Webb, otherwise known as the Fairy Godmother. Employed as a sort of down-home concierge, Webb describes her mission as seeking to overwhelm guests with good things. That can mean everything from in-room gifts like cards, stuffed animals and rose petal-strewn floors, to learning someones favorite afternoon snack and personally delivering it to their cottage. Sadly, there is much pain in this propertys past. But thanks to the efforts of people like Prince Fugger and the Fairy Godmother, only the good life abounds at Barnsley Gardens these days.

by Allen Allnoch, LINKS Magazine
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.