At the end of the 2022 golf season, Loch Nairn Golf Club will transition to its new owner, New Garden Township. The transferral marks the end of what was a true labor of love for its founders, Virginia and Hank Smedley.
Carol Metzker updated this ongoing story for County Lines Magazine.
The Smedleys, along with business partner D.C. Winter, acquired the Red Fox Inn in Avondale in the 1970s. Over the following decades, they gradually turned the accompanying land into a golf course.
Meanwhile, the pair turned an old wagon house into a family home and has transformed a farmhouse into an acclaimed restaurant with a simple name: The Farmhouse. When customer demand called for more indoor space, they expanded the Greathouse and transformed the patio into the Round Room.
This year, the family solidified its legacy for future generations by agreeing to sell Loch Nairn to the township. The restaurant will remain open and will be run by Virginia and her family, but the golf course will become preserved land.
“I want people to be able to appreciate the architecture of the Greathouse and Round Room, to appreciate the buildings and the grounds,” said Virginia.
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