David Gross never cared much for golf, anyway.
So there he was Friday morning, celebrating with another 75 or so people the unveiling of a greatly revamped T.O. Fuller State Park in Southwest Memphis. Nearly five years after the park lost its highly regarded golf course to budget cuts, state officials held a ribbon-cutting on a series of improvements that include an $800,000 interpretive center where the old pro shop used to be, a playground on the former site of the No. 9 green, upgraded tennis and basketball courts, a splash pad and other amenities.
The 70-year-old Gross, who lives just west of Whitehaven, said the renovations have made his favorite park even better.
"It's much more accessible ...," he said. "You have more things to do that are on an up-to-date level."