Beautifying Belle Meade Country Club to honor founders
By Caitlin Boland

Shown from left are Al Dudley, Andy Knox Jr., Tommy Foster, Epp Wilson, Scott Williams, Evan Luke and Tyrone Burnett.
The Belle Meade Country Club (BMCC) is celebrating almost 50 years of existence by beautifying the front entrance to the country club as well as other areas around the neighborhood.
Belle Meade Country Club was organized in 1968 by a group of individuals who wanted a high quality, 18-hole golf course.
“There was more to it than that,” said Epp Wilson of Foxboro Custom Fencing. “They knew that the whole ‘country club thing’ was vital to attracting new people and new leaders to town. And they knew it would help keep existing ones here. Quality of life is very important when new industry is touring the region looking for place to locate. A good country club is a key amenity.”
Wilson said all of the founders, names of whom the foundation has not been able to find nor the board of directors at the time, wanted the country club as a way to keep the community moving forward in the longterm.
“Some of the founders wanted the golf course so they could play golf,” Wilson said. “But, many of the founders didn’t even play golf. They didn’t need a house lot in the country club subdivisions for themselves or any family member. Their primary motivation was doing something that would be good for the community longterm.”
Some these founders included W.A. Young, Boone Knox and Jack Smith, whose names were on the application for incorporation with the State of Georgia, as well as Ralph Dudley; Peter S. Knox Jr.; Bob Knox Sr.; Wyck Knox; Lawrence Knox Sr.; John, James and Bob Wilson; and many others.
Wilson added that if people know anyone else who helped get BMCC started, contact him at eppwilson@foxboro.biz.
Many of the founders also served on the board of the Thomson Ten Sixties. This organization was the beginning of the Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority.
Wilson said the Thomson Ten Sixties was a volunteer group of people who wanted to bring more business and industry to the Thomson community. Their goal was to bring 10 new industries into Thomson during the 1960s.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the July 27, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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