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New owners of golf resort hope growth will benefit community

Johnson County, Tennessee has some of the most scenic and spectacular mountain views this region of the country has to offer. It is among these hills that RedTail Mountain Resort and Golf is expanding to not only include its current 18-hole golf course but condominiums, a tennis court and a swimming pool. Under the direction of new owners, Lyle and Kendall Habermehl, RedTail Mountain is growing by leaps and bounds.
RedTail Mountain, a 760-acre semi-private golf course designed by Dan and Ellis Maples, is run by Professional Golf Association’s pro, Sam Adams.  The course has been referred to by many as the best of the best in mountain golf courses.  As golfers drive their carts up the inclines, the drop in temperature is noticeable as they climb 400 feet up a steep terrain.  “It offers a challenge for every level of golfer,” said Vernon Brady, co-owner of the new restaurant, The Vistas at RedTail Mountain.
“We are moving into the realm of becoming a resort,” Brady said.  While RedTail Mountain is a semi-private club, guests do not need to be members to play golf or to eat at The Vistas at RedTail Mountain.  According to Brady, the resort will eventually offer a tiered membership to include golf, tennis court and swimming pool.  The Habermehls are in the process of procuring lake property for their guests to enjoy.  “We want to attract more people into the area that will spill over to use merchants downtown,” Brady added.
The golf course has become a gathering place for friends, old and new.  On a recent sunny Friday morning, RedTail Mountain was the site of a reunion for a group of friends who have been playing golf together for 29 years.  They gathered together again this year to play the par 72 course.  They hailed from Nevada, Georgia, Florida and Arizona, along with Vance Greer, who resides in Mountain City. Approximately 60 to 90 golfers play the course each day.  For more information about the golf course, visit www.redtailmountain.com and choose the golf link.  “We offer special pricing,” Brady said.  Prices range from approximately $26 to $55, depending on the day and time. A 10-round pass is also available for $350 that may be used any day of the week. There is an option to download the RedTail Mountain application onto your cell phone. You will be able to book tee times, receive tips from the professionals, keep track of your score and even order food with the touch of a button.  Information on special events will be sent to you via your cell phone.  Over 500 people have already downloaded the application.
It takes a massive amount of coordination and effort to keep RedTail Mountain in pristine condition.  The ground crew at RedTail Mountain begin their mornings before sun rise and work until sun down to keep the grounds at the golf course impeccable. According to Brady, not only is the golf course mowed every day, but the pin placement of each hole is also rotated on a daily basis. Despite the amount of rain the region has seen lately, the crew is diligently working on improving the bunkers on every hole.
RedTail Mountain is currently accepting reservations at the condominiums located on the golf course next to the clubhouse.  Guests can reserve one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom units.  Both the two bedroom and three bedroom units are equipped with a den and a fully stocked kitchen.  There are private baths in every bedroom.  According to Brady, a 60 plus room mountain lodge is on the drawing board.  “The purpose is to attract more people to Mountain City,” said Brady.
Under the direction of Lynn Brady, executive chef, general event plan manager and co-owner of the restaurant, Vistas at RedTail Mountain offers an array of delicious food that include locally grown produce to everyone’s favorite dish, the aged beef fillet, at reasonable prices. Sunday brunch is available from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and the cost ranges from $8 to $15. Lunch is served every day from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Currently, dinner is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  “We offer great food, great presentation and affordable prices,” Brady said.

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