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Colonial Country Club ripped apart by Thursday tornado

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CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) - One of the area's premier golf courses was ripped apart by Thursday's tornado near the Germantown Road area. 

The lush greens at Cordova's Colonial Country Club are no more.  Instead, they're littered with old trees, trash, and debris left behind by the storm.

"It looks like it came over here on the back side of 17 and just worked its way toward I-40," said Colonial's grounds director, Robert Main.

Grounds crews began their clean-up early Friday morning, just trying to get the course golf-able again.

"It happened literally within seconds - that's how fast it came through, and we're finding debris from gas stations on Germantown Parkway," said Colonial general manager Brad Olsen.

Nearly 200 trees on Colonial's course ripped from the ground.  Crews said the south course could be closed up to two weeks while the mess is being cleaned up.

Among items workers found was an electric panel from the Kohl's department store located nearly three miles away.  It was just an indication of just how powerful the storm really was.

Olson was inside the clubhouse when the tornado hit. 

"When we went downstairs, the wind started blowing, and it just flipped direction, and we saw chairs off the ground," he said.

Grounds crews said round-the-clock clean-up should help the golf course be back in business soon.  

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