Bloomfield Links once grew jonquils, it soon will grow successful youth!

The site that once grew beautiful jonquils, will soon grow successful youth! The City of Murfreesboro's 6-hole golf course for young persons, opens at 8:00 o'clock this Saturday morning. Bloomfield Links is a two or three minute walk from the Old Fort Park Golf Course.

That name honors a popular place where hundreds stopped to enjoy beautiful jonquils.

Murfreesboro Director of Golf and PGA Professional Tracy Wilkins said, "This course is named after the 8-acre jonquil farm that once surrounded the old Ordway home here in the 1880's".

Honoring Bloomfield Acres

For anyone who listens to the local history talk shows on WGNS, you're heard stories about the home that was surrounded by hundred of jonquils. It was known as Bloomfield Acres. Mary Ordway first planted the bulbs, and during Springtime, persons would stop and take pictures of hundreds of beautiful flowers at Bloomfield. The jonquils became so popular that their bulbs were shipped to buyers across the nation.

Wilkin's thought it was appropriate to give a rebirth to this historic field with hopes that a new legend could take root here.

He noted, "Children of all ages are welcome to try out this new and exciting experience. We do ask that each person have at least two clubs with one being a putter. Clubs for use will be available at the facility on the two opening days."

Nationally known golfer Dennis Walter spoke to supporters this past June at the Old Fort course. He said the game is a great way to motivate at-risk youth. And that's exactly why the City of Murfreesboro created this six-hole course. 

While here, Walter told how an auto crash left him paralyzed from the waiste down--and that his dreams of a golf career were changed. He challenged each local youngster to do something in their life that they thought was impossible. He feels the game of golf is a great way to build skills, teamwork and a positive attitude.

Special Dreams

Earlier this year, Wilkins told the city council, “This course will be dedicated especially to at-risk youth. We want to promote the growth of golf. 
 
“To do that,” he added, “we’re working with multiple organizations like First Shot, Kappa Alpha Psi, the Tennessee School for the Blind and First Tee.” On the site itself, there will be a practice tee in the middle, so youth can use the greens as targets, he explained. The course will be open to the public but would be limited to organized groups.

Parking is available in front of the Old Fort Park Golf Shop.

CLICK HERE to see a map of the new Bloomfield Link, the city's six-hold golf course for youth that opens this coming Saturday from 8AM to 6PM.

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