Golf Course Management

SEP 2018

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 09.18 Editor's note: The Drawing Board is a quarterly feature that spotlights new golf course development and construction projects in both the United States and around the world worthy of note to superintendents. The feature is authored by Adam Lawrence, the editor of Golf Course Architecture magazine as well as By Design, the quarterly publication of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Stevens Point Country Club Stevens Point, Wis. Designed originally by architect Larry Packard, Ste- vens Point Country Club in central Wisconsin until a few years ago looked a lot like many other mid-century layouts — wall-to-wall green, from grass and trees. But like so much of this part of Wisconsin, Stevens Point is built on sand, and that proved to be its saving grace when it lost a large part of its tree stock because of the use of the Du - Pont herbicide Imprelis. Stevens Point is now managed by Oliphant Golf, and that meant that Oliphant partner Craig Haltom, a young man trying to develop his reputation as a golf architect, saw a lot of the course. Haltom found the property later developed by Mike Keiser as Sand Valley (Craig's Porch at SV is named for him). The settlement of the Imprelis legal case meant Ste - vens Point was in line for a substantial windfall. Haltom proposed that the members spend some of the money on a radical project that involved taking out additional trees, completely rebunkering the course and turning a tradi - tional parkland course into something far rougher around the edges, with exposed sand and large bunkers dominat - ing the view. To the club's credit, it bought into this new vision. Now the new-look course is open, and we can say it has been a triumph. Member numbers are on the rise, part of the Imprelis windfall has been invested in other facilities, in - cluding a new pool house, and Stevens Point is a happen- ing place to be. When you consider what American golf can cost, the members are getting a heck of a bang for their buck. Corica Park South Alameda, Calif. Busy times in the Bay Area's municipal golf scene: Following the reopening of the Palo Alto muni as Baylands Links, a huge project at Chuck Corica Park in Alameda in the East Bay came to fruition over the summer. Architect Rees Jones and associate Steve Weisser, in collaboration with Marc Logan of contractor and operator Greenway Golf, led the rebuild of the South course, during which about a million cubic yards of inert fill from the exca - vation of a new tunnel for the Bay Area Rapid Transit train system was spread over the site. This use of fill gives a de - signer the opportunity to create interesting landforms on a flat site where few existed before, but most crucially of all, the money received in payment for accepting the landfill can completely transform the economics of building golf. On top of this, some of the material was pure dune sand, which was used to cap the entire course, transforming its drainage capacity in the same way the revenue did the project's economics. The inert fill wasn't the only innovative part of the build. Bunkers were lined, not with one of the many pro - prietary solutions on the market, but with artificial turf from the Oakland Raiders' training complex, then under renovation. Cart paths, which are set slightly below grade to collect runoff for the water-harvesting system, are con - structed from recycled glass and AB base rock. Green- way, which has a 40-year contract to operate the facil- ity, is determined to make the South course as high-end an experience as possible, though green fees — at $40 during the week and $50 on weekends for residents — remain reasonable. Cornerstone Club Montrose, Colo. The Cornerstone Club course in Montrose, in south- western Colorado, has been through an eventful few years. Originally designed by Greg Norman's firm, the course — whose first tees sit at an altitude of 9,200 feet — was voted the second-best new course in the U.S. when it opened in 2008, but course and club closed in 2014 after the original developer sold out. It since has been through The drawing board several changes of ownership, but recently a group of res- idents invested in a project to reopen the course, through the Cornerstone Owners' Association, and hired architect Matt Dusenberry, a former Norman associate — who worked on the original Cornerstone project and now has an acclaimed practice of his own — to renovate the course. Construction on a 21-acre practice facility and short course began in autumn 2017 and opened to members in July 2018. The main course is currently being renovated and is expected to be mostly complete by this month, with a view to reopening the course fully in summer 2019. Dusenberry said: "A local golf course contractor is exe - cuting finish work while myself and my design partner, Jim McKenna, are shaping the features." Dumbarnie Links Lower Largo, Scotland It's full-speed ahead for the construction team at the new Dumbarnie Links on the southern coast of Fife in Scotland, about 10 miles from St. Andrews and tucked between the established links courses of Lundin and Elie. The crew, led by course architect and former BBC TV commentator Clive Clark, mobilized on site in May and had already completed shaping seven holes during Open Championship week, with irrigation due to begin installa - tion shortly afterward. Clark, who designed the course and put together the 14-strong consortium of investors that is funding it, is being assisted, in a project-management capacity, by Scottish golf architect Paul Kimber. American giant Land - scapes Unlimited, which is one of the investors in the proj- ect, is the contractor. The site, which is next to, but does not go into, the pro - tected Dumbarnie Links Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), features more elevation change than most links, with several holes ascending an escarpment about 60 or 70 feet above the coastline. As a result, 13 holes have a view of the Firth of Forth, and on a clear day, golfers will be able to see across the Forth to Muirfield on the other bank. The course will feature several bunker stylings — there will be some large sandy blowouts — but the ma - jority will be revetted and are currently being constructed by a team from synthetic face specialist EcoBunker. Clark hopes to have construction work finished and the course grassed by the end of the year, giving an extended period of grow-in before the official opening, planned for 2020. Adam Lawrence Twitter: @adammlawrence Cornerstone Club in Montrose, Colo. Photo courtesy of Greg Norman Golf Course Design

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