Golf Course Management

JUL 2013

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more than fve years. The completion of the golf course will conclude a sevenyear, $70 million Marriott renewal project at Camelback Inn, designed to blend reverence for the past with relevance for the future. Ambiente will feature fve sets of tee boxes. Boca Grove Plantation in Boca Raton, Fla., was set to host a golf tournament July 13 as part of the Allianz Summer Golf Series "JM Lexus Drive Fore the Green presented by WPGL." The series gives area golfers the opportunity to play in fve tournaments held at country clubs in South Florida. Players will be awarded points based on play at each tournament. The top four with the most points will be rewarded with a spot in the 2014 Allianz Championship Pro-Am. Transforming two large municipal landflls into golf courses near downtown Boston proved to be an award-winning effort. Sanford Golf Design in Jupiter, Fla., received the American Society of Golf Course Architects' (ASGCA) inaugural Design Excellence Recognition Program award, honoring an outstanding effort "that shines a light on the innovation and problemsolving skills required of today's golf course designs." Sanford created Granite Links Golf Club on the site that once was the Quincy and Milton granite quarries. "Their visionary project led to a spectacular golf facility, saved taxpayers money and continues to beneft the environment," said ASGCA president Bob Cupp. Using the 27-hole golf course to cap the site saved Massachussetts taxpayers between $8 and $12 million in estimated costs to close the landflls. Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is undergoing a $5 million renovation of all 27 holes. The three-year project, which began in May with the closure of the nine-hole West Course, will be followed by closure of nine holes on the East Course. The South nine holes will be renovated in spring and summer 2015. All the fairways, tees and bunkers are part of the renovations. Substantial improvement work will be done on other areas of the golf course, including the bridges, drainage, cart paths, bulkheads and the irrigation system. The greens renovation is planned for the future. Sawgrass partnered with golf course architect Robert Walker to complete the design and manage the project. Sawgrass Country Club hosted The Players Championship from 1977 to 1981 before moving to its new location. Golf Preservations Inc. Nationwide Golf Course Drainage Company The California Golf Course Owners Association (CGCOA) announced that the Sacramento-based association management frm Connerly & Associates Inc. was selected to manage the statewide trade association. Marc Connerly, vice president of Connerly & Associates Inc., is serving as executive director for the CGCOA. The Bald Head Island Club in Bald Head Island, N.C., was recognized for environmental excellence by achieving designation as a Certifed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Joseph Bradley Pope, assistant superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation. Bald Head Island is the 24th golf course in North Carolina and 1,010th worldwide to receive the honor. WindRiver Investments LLC selected KemperSports to manage golf operations at WindRiver Golf Course in Lenoir City, Tenn. The 18-hole, par-72 is located just outside Knoxville. WindRiver Golf Course is a certifed Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Specializing in Drainage Installation on Existing Greens, Approach and Fairway Drainage Cutten Fields launched its stateof-the-art learning center in Guelph, Ontario. Architect Ian Andrew led the project, which is designed to simulate real course conditions. The fully renovated practice area now includes three spacious practice greens, two practice bunkers, a new chipping area with undulating slopes, rough- and short-cut roll-off areas as well as an enhanced and enlarged tee deck. Troon was selected to manage Torreon Golf Club in Show Low, Ariz. Torreon GC, a 36-hole facility, is located three hours from Phoenix and Tucson. GCM Submit items for "Industry News" to Golf Preservations Inc. 504 Gloucester Ave Middlesboro, KY 40965 606-499-2732 Email:

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