Golf Course Management

DEC 2018

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26 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 12.18 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. Bobby Jones Golf Course Atlanta Atlanta's oldest public facility, the Bobby Jones Golf Course, has reopened after a comprehensive renovation that took a year. But that is far from the whole story. The course, named for the city's most famous golfing son, rep - resented the final work of another well-known longtime Atlanta resident, the late architect Bob Cupp. Cupp completed the design work for the Bobby Jones rebuild before Cupp's death from cancer in August 2016, but carrying out the plans was left to Cupp's son Bobby, who had worked with his father for many years. The project was spearheaded by a group of local cit - izens with a passion for the historic course. They formed the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation and raised $23 million to pay for the redevelopment of the course and fa - cilities. "The foundation is very excited to reintroduce the new Bobby Jones Golf Course to the public," president Marty Elgison says. "We are especially thankful to our donors for helping make our vision a reality. We are excited to honor them, Bobby Jones and Bob Cupp, by giving back to the Atlanta and Georgia golf communities." Cupp designed a reversible nine-hole course: The Azalea course plays in one direction and Magnolia in the other. Two flags will be cut into the large double greens each day, one for each course, meaning that golfers can play nine holes and then turn around and play nine more in the opposite direction. Esplanade Golf and Country Club Lakeland Ranch, Fla. Esplanade Golf and Country Club, part of the Lake- wood Ranch community close to Sarasota, Fla., has ap- pointed golf architect Chris Wilczynski to create its second course. Wilczynski designed the first course at Esplanade in 2013. Lakewood is a 31,000-acre masterplanned com - munity, home to more than 30,000 residents. "Like most of inland Florida, the land has been used for agriculture and ranching," Wilczynski says. "The pal - ette that we are working within is a relatively flat piece of land that is bisected by a beautiful creek and wooded wetland preserve. The site has a nice pastoral aesthetic with mature vegetation in areas. A few of the holes will be played along the wooded preserve. The overall land plan is great. This will not feel like a typical residential golf course. "The layout will feature wide fairways, bunkers set at diagonals to the intended line of play and six sets of tees ranging from 3,400 to 6,800 yards. We want the course to be fun, and we want to provide options at each hole and at each shot." Construction is slated for an early 2019 start, with the course opening in 2020. The Phoenician Scottsdale, Ariz. Scottsdale, Ariz., resort course The Phoenician has reopened after a major renovation at the hands of Arizona - based architect Phil Smith. The 10-month project involved Smith changing the previous 27-hole layout into a single 18. Most of the Desert nine has been eliminated to pro - vide space for resort expansion. Smith rerouted the course among existing fairway corridors, developing newly con - toured holes as well as rebuilding and resurfacing green complexes. The switch to 18 holes also allowed for a 45- acre reduction in the amount of maintained turf at the re - sort. The drawing board "This really has been a rebirth of The Phoenician and now its golf club," Smith says. "Our goal with the course redesign and renovation was to give each player the oppor - tunity to make an informed decision before every shot by employing fundamental design strategies to create a great golf experience for resort guests and daily-fee golfers. Ev - erything is now right there in front of the golfer, as there are no blind shots or blind hazards. We're thrilled with how the golf course looks and plays." The course's greens have been resurfaced with TifEagle ultradwarf bermuda, while the rest of the course has been grassed with 410 bermuda. With four sets of tees, the course plays between 4,594 and 6,518 yards. Construction work was managed by Troon senior VP Ron Despain and superintendent Tom Bush. JCB Golf and Country Club Staffordshire, England After a hugely complex four-year build, the new golf course at the headquarters of British construction ma - chinery giant JCB has opened. JCB chairman Lord Bam- ford — not himself a golfer — came up with the idea to build the course as a tool to promote the company's brand. He realized that having such a facility on hand could be valuable when important customers and prospects visit JCB, as many do. The company maintains a small fleet of airplanes and helicopters known as "JCB Air" to facili - tate such travel. Also, as with rival John Deere's PGA Tour event at the TPC Deere Run near its own headquarters in Moline, Ill., it would be a perfect venue for a professional tournament that would spread the JCB name further. The course is built around the ruined Woodseat Hall, across the road from JCB's main manufacturing plant. Several holes occupy the house's old park, notably the par-3 ninth, whose green sits in the middle of the former arboretum. The rest of the course makes use of the sur - rounding former farmland. The course will challenge from beginning to end. The first hole, from the two back sets of tees, demands a water carry on both tee shot and approach, as well as avoiding a central bunker in the fairway. The huge home hole, 462 yards, is an uphill dogleg left with a wide split fairway and a lion's mouth bunker cut into the front of the green. It will be a three-shot hole for the vast majority of golfers, and a fitting end when professional events come to JCB. Adam Lawrence adam.lawrence@golfcoursearchitecture.net Twitter: @adammlawrence Bob Cupp completed the design work for the renovated Bobby Jones Golf Course before Cupp's death from cancer in 2016. Photo courtesy of Bobby Jones Golf Course

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