THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR KITCHEN
In 2013, owners of the popular eatery The Grove, Betsy Clemons and her husband, Reed, decided to revamp the backyard of their home near Mount Bonnell. The restaurateur couple knew they wanted to create a gourmet outdoor kitchen, as well as install a putting green for Reed, an avid golfer. Betsy, designer and manager of her own landscaping company, Dig Austin, had the unique advantage of designing for herself.
The Design Approach
Because the swimming pool and deck area were already in place before the project was started, Betsy turned her focus to the three-hole putting green, which, though labor-intensive to install, requires very little maintenance. “[Artificial turf] is a great solution for an area where you want grass,” explains Betsy.
The outdoor kitchen, which boasts a gas grill, a refrigerator and a Big Green Egg — an oval-shaped ceramic grill that’s perfect for smoking meat — is Reed’s domain. The chef is a graduate of Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now called the Institute of Culinary Education). But when he’s not boiling large pots of lobster for guests or smoking barbecue, Reed spends his time chipping around the putting green.