A fire caused by arson burned the Portland, Tenn., club’s clubhouse to the ground in June, and members are doing their part to clear the site by removing rubble from the property and salvaging what they can. The club plans to start rebuilding by spring 2014, and in the meantime, Gallatin Country Club and the Franklin Country Club have welcomed Dogwood’s 110 members.
Members of Dogwood Hills Country Club in Portland, Tenn., have united to clean up the site of their clubhouse, which burned to the ground in June, and hope to start rebuilding by spring 2014, the Nashville-based Tennessean reported.
Police charged 19-year-old Nathan Brownlee in September with arson, burglary and theft over $1,000 in relation to the fire. Brownlee made his $100,000 bail two days after his arrest, the Tennessean reported.
This week, club members were removing rubble from the property every day and salvaging what they could, said Jeff Goodwin, a member of 20 years.
“We’re trying to do all we can do ourselves,” Goodwin said. “Everything you see out there is people volunteering time, equipment and whatever they can. I’m going out there after work with my shovel to help get it all cleaned up.”
Since the fire, the community club’s Board of Directors has had difficulty receiving reimbursement from the club’s insurance company, the Tennessean reported.
“They’re trying not to pay,” said Goodwin, one of seven Board members. “They’re saying some of the alarm was not monitored properly.”
Those who belong to the club, however, are determined to move on. Each day, between two and 15 members have helped clear the site, said Goodwin, whose father Larry Goodwin was a founding charter member of the 44-year-old golf course, the Tennessean reported.
“We’re going to get it rebuilt in spite of anything,” Goodwin said. “This is our hometown golf course and we will take care of it no matter what. We may get knocked down but we won’t stay down.”
In the meantime, the Gallatin (Tenn.) Country Club and the Franklin (Ky.) Country Club have welcomed Portland’s 110 Dogwood members, Goodwin said.