Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SPORTS>>Listing honors North Hills

Leader sports editor

The revamped Greens at North Hills golf course in Sherwood has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain said.

The facility, once known as the Sylvan Hills Country Club, joins the Tyronza Commercial Historic District in Poinsett County on the register, which is the country’s official list of historically significant properties.

The golf course was constructed in 1927 and it reopened as the Greens at North Hills in the spring. The course is located at 7400 North Highway 107 in Sherwood.

“At the time when the Sylvan Hills Country Club was developing in the middle of the 1920s, the sport of golf was also beginning to develop and become popular with the public,” the National Register nomination said. “It was also during this time that golf course design was in its ‘golden era,’ which ended in 1931.

“The history of this golf course also represents a significant contribution to the growth of recreation and entertainment in Sherwood, Ark., dating from its construction in 1927.”

The Tyronza Commercial Historic District, located onSouth Main Street, features buildings dating to 1916, including structures associated with the founding of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union.

The Greens at North Hills officially opened May 29 after being idle for more than two years.

The former country club debuted as a public facility after a $7 million renovation.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency that identifies, evaluates and preserves the state’s cultural resources.

Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.