ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA | On a quiet September morning splashed in late summer sunshine, Eric Keith is doing the work he and his father, Charlie, have done for more than 90 years combined.
Inside Biltmore Forest Country Club’s gleaming new maintenance facility, Keith and his colleague Ray Clark are leaning over a mowing reel pulled from one of the club’s many mowers, making sure the edges are sharpened to provide a proper cut.
Eric Keith (right) and Ray Clark working in the new facility Photo: Ron Green Jr., Global Golf Post
The golf course, a Donald Ross-designed piece of joy in the western North Carolina hills, is closed on Mondays but the maintenance facility buzzes with activity. Before the fall and the first frost change the rhythm of life, there are fairways to cut, edges to trim, sprinklers to run.
The new facility (it’s actually two buildings) opened in August, replacing a cramped, weather-beaten metal structure that wasn’t big enough for all the staff members to have a seat during lunch breaks. Some sat on their...
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