Bent Tree Golf Course to re-open after arson

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Bent Tree Golf Course is set to re-open its greens to golfers as early as Wednesday, just more than a week after investigators say someone intentionally set fire to the clubhouse, destroying the building and the majority of the golf cart fleet. The Bent Tree Golf Course clubhouse was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of Aug. 11. Golf course general manager David Zeip says an arsonist is to blame. “They were able to bring out a dog to see if they could see if there was an accelerant, and they found four places on the deck where the dog sniffed it out and said there was accelerant there,” Zeip said. Since then, the staff along with the city of Jackson have worked to re-open. “Getting rid of this building, we’ve got to get a temporary clubhouse in and get the new carts out, and we’ll hopefully be back open and ready for the golfers sometime this week,” said Jerry Moore, president of Pope Golf, the company that manages Bent Creek. “It’s always a concern. I think the city is putting all their resources on it. We may look to add cameras or some other security measures to make it even safer.” Management says they haven’t been wasting their time off and say the fire is almost a blessing in disguise. “Actually a week of not being impeded by golfers, we’ve actually been able to get some things done we weren’t able to do prior,” Zeip said. “So actually the course is probably going to be in better shape now than it was before it was temporarily closed for a week.” The golf course estimates the damage at more than $200,000.

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