Charlie Rymer, a former PGA Tour player who now hosts his own golf show on the CBS Sports Network, has been named executive vice president of the McLemore golf course and resort development atop Lookout Mountain in Walker County, Georgia.
Rymer, a Cleveland, Tennessee, native who was raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina, became the first-ever three-time South Carolina Junior Golf Champion and at the age of 17, he won the USGA Junior Amateur Championship, earning a golf scholarship to Georgia Tech where he was a two-time All-American. Rymer spent more than 10 years playing as a professional, winning the 1994 South Carolina Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour.
"The addition of Charlie to our executive team is another huge step on our journey to provide world class facilities and service," said Duane Horton, president of the Scenic Land Co. and McLemore. "You will be hard-pressed to find anyone more well-versed and passionate about the game of golf. His energy and expertise make him a great fit for McLemore as he helps support our community as it grows into a nationally recognized golf and outdoor resort community."
The hiring of Rymer comes a month after Walker County issued $188 million of bonds to finance the construction of a luxury resort and convention center at McLemore. The golf course development is adding a 245-room lodge, conference center and spa along the eastern edge of Lookout Mountain next to the McLemore golf course. The Hilton hotel project, which is scheduled to open by December 2023, is the largest single investment ever in Walker County, Georgia.
The original developers of the golf course community, initially known as Canyon Ridge, developed only a portion of the mountaintop area and the residential development builder, Randy Baker, filed for personal bankruptcy over the failure of the project more than a decade ago. Horton took over the golf course and resort and is seeking to create a nationally known golf course and resort to draw both visitors and more residential development to the area.
Last year, Golf Digest named the 18th hole and the 6th hole at McLemore two of the best golf holes on any course in America added in the past decade.
"In a very short amount of time, McLemore has received accolades as having the 'Best Finishing Hole in America Since the Year 2000,', ranking in the 'Top 100 Public Courses' by Golf Digest and for the design of its Clubhouse in Golf Inc," Rymer said. "As the next chapter begins for this Community, I look forward to being a part of a team that not only wants to create a luxury experience for golfers and travelers, but also one that pays a huge amount of respect to its community and the environment surrounding McLemore. That's a very special combination and I'm honored to join the effort."
Rymer is a veteran golf broadcaster and will continue to host his CBS show which is taped in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
— Compiled by Dave Flessner