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Meadows Farms Golf Course sold

A limited liability company headed by a Locust Grove resident and businessman purchased the Meadows Farms Golf Course on Thursday.

Kenny Dotson, who owns the Locust Grove Town Center and Titan Construction, is the managing member of the LLC that took over ownership of the Locust Grove golf course this week. His partners are his wife, Lora, and a business associate from Maryland named Charles King.

Dotson, who lives near the 27-hole course, said the deal came together quickly over the past few weeks. The LLC purchased it from Meadows Farms Inc., which built the course and ran it for the past 20 years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dotson called the 265-acre course a “crown jewel” that he said will continue to be operated as a golf course. His construction company did some of the work to build the course more than 20 years ago, so he pointed out that he has now come full circle.

He has hired Northern Virginia-based Billy Casper Golf to run the course. He plans to do more marketing of the course and introduce features such as online tee times, but he said few physical changes are planned.

Meadows Farms founder Bill “Farmer” Meadows helped design the course, which has a number of signature features, including an 841-yard, par-six hole that is billed as the longest in the U.S. Dotson said he plans to carry on the founder’s legacy.

Farmer Meadows’ son, Jay, who is now president of the company, said previously that it wasn’t an easy decision to sell the course but that it was just the right time for the family.

Meadows Farms Inc. will continue to operate its garden center stores and landscaping division.