Coach becomes newest partner

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NORTH AUGUSTA --- Arizona Cardinals coach and Augusta native Ken Whisenhunt has signed on as partner in the North Augusta Golf and Country Club, club officials and the coach confirmed Friday.

"Having grown up in the CSRA and being around the Masters and having such a love of golf, it was something I've always wanted to do," Whisenhunt said in a telephone interview.

Whisenhunt, who was the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers, signed paperwork in his office in Phoenix on Wednesday to become a minority partner in the club and The Pinery, a gated community next to the golf course.

Club Chairman and CEO Fred Layman refused to provide financial details of the deal, but he said Whisenhunt's stake amounts to about "15 percent."

The golf club broke ground in December on a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse. The previous clubhouse was destroyed by fire April 16, only a few days after Layman purchased the golf course.

Whisenhunt said he was intrigued by the prospects of helping the club start anew. He said he wants to help improve the course so it will compete with newer courses constructed in the Augusta area in recent years.

"Part of that is going to be developing it; maybe acquiring more land and being able to redesign or change the golf course just to make it a newer type golf course that people nowadays in the CSRA have seen," he said.

Contact between Layman and Whisenhunt started around the time of the Super Bowl. Whisenhunt's brother-in-law, who is the heating and air conditioning contractor for the club, knew of the coach's dream of being involved in a golf course and helped get the ball rolling.

A four handicap, Whisenhunt said he hasn't played the course in years, adding "I'm excited about reacquainting myself with the course and going forward."

The 1980 graduate of Richmond Academy and former Georgia Tech player still has close ties to the Augusta area and visits at least twice a year. The 46-year-old and his wife, Alice, have two children: Kenny, 17, and Mary Ashley, 15.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or scott.trubey@augustachronicle.com.

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member 03/08/08 - 10:51 am
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where is more land coming

where is more land coming from for a golf course ken?
looking at moving #10 tee almost on gregory lake road to make room for tennis courts and a clubhouse shows the priority in this deal.... the members are there for 1 reason, golf and golf buddies. when someone figures that out, things may head back in the righ direction (which i hope happens)

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oh man 03/08/08 - 11:02 am
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Poor coach is so sucker

Poor coach is so sucker punched no bank in town will touch project. The coach is a last ditch effort to get money from somewhere to continue a loosing proposition. The coach thinks he is helping north augusta when all that is happening is the owners of na country club will be able to continue screwing with the members for a while longer until the final blow is given to the project. Mr. Layman was run out of columbia county now he is missing up north augusta. Lets hope the coach has deep deep pockets for a loosing partnership.

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PurpleHaze 03/08/08 - 02:46 pm
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I agree with Oh Man...Layman

I agree with Oh Man...Layman is a Dirty Business Person

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PurpleHaze 03/08/08 - 02:48 pm
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And, did you guys know that

And, did you guys know that he bought a tennis club in town after floods forced the previous owners into bankruptcy, then buys a golf club which burns down just days after he purchased it? Too good to be true....

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member 03/08/08 - 04:10 pm
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well he didn't stay in forest

well he didn't stay in forest hills long, who knows how long he can stay in the nagcc. as someone who's been there off and on for close to 30 years, it is said. i know the guys who have left for other clubs really loved the club for it's members. as far as 18 hole tracks go, na is one of the weaker ones in the csra, there is no way a course of this caliber can support what he is trying to do....why he is beating the streets to find indivual investors since the banks want no part of this mess.

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oh man 03/08/08 - 05:43 pm
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member; he is beating the

member; he is beating the streets to find investors because he hasn't the credit to get a bank to do and he has to take advantage of someone besides just the members of nacc. Have you looked at some of those houses he is building. OMG I can't believe the city of north augusta is approving those houses. NA has usually high standards he is moving in there and building garbage. You would think the nasty condos on the river are black eye enough for na they do not need this yahoo.

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oh man 03/08/08 - 05:44 pm
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purplehaze I am sure the

purplehaze I am sure the chief of na ps is watching him closely. The naps aren't fools. He will get his lets just hope others don;'t end up hurt in the process. Can you believe someones brother (Coach's) would throw their flesh and blood under the table to work with this yahoo.

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member 03/08/08 - 06:20 pm
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well someone gave him 2.2

well someone gave him 2.2 mil to buy it in the first place. i don't think that note was paid off with insurance or was it?

the smart thing to do would build a nice clubhouse/grill, put some money into the pool and spend say 6 or 7 hundred, then leave the rest for course improvements..... then folks would be back out there. and he can still try to sell those pinery thingies. so what does he have built now besides the unit going up next to the pond and the trailer looking thing on greg lake road?

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