While Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. reopened for member play following a $4.6 million, seven-month-long renovation, Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla., and Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick, N.J. are beginning enhancements.
Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. reopened its Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course for member play on December 1 following a $4.6 million dollar, seven-month-long renovation. Weiskopf and design consultant Phil Smith oversaw the project while Heritage Links golf course construction company served as the contractor.
C+RB reported on the project in May.
As part of the renovation, Weiskopf and Smith made design modifications to enhance playability, accentuate site lines and assist in course maintenance. All greens were resurfaced with A4 bentgrass, all tees were leveled, expanded and several new forward tees were added. Tee boxes, fairways and rough were re-grassed with TifWay 419 bermudagrass.
Bunkers were modified (some eliminated), reshaped and rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This new generation lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the bunker minimizing washouts, reducing maintenance and producing superior playability. The new bunkers are filled with Caltega bunker sand and are expected to last for many years to come.
The Club’s irrigation system has been updated, including all new high-density polyethylene mainline and lateral piping; new Rainbird IC system sprinkler heads with central control; and a new WaterTronics pump station. The ultra-efficient irrigation system allows crews to individually control each sprinkler head on the golf course assisting in the club’s water conservation efforts.
Troon Country Club originally opened for play in 1986 and, aside from a few minor course projects, the original layout remained largely unchanged.
“Over 34 years, we never had to re-do a green because it was too severe and never had to change much on a hole, because we spent enough time during construction to do it right the first time,” said Weiskopf. “During this renovation there was no need to change anything other than the surface of the greens, level the tees, improve the drainage and improve the playability of the golf course.”
The golf course renovation comes on the heels of Troon Country Club’s $7.5 million clubhouse expansion and renovation completed in January 2018. Douglas Fredrikson Architects of Phoenix oversaw the project which gave the clubhouse a new, modern look featuring a 9,000 sq. ft. Health and Wellness Center on the newly added second floor of the building.
The state-of-the-art Wellness Center includes space for more than 20 group classes, while on-staff trainers customize personal fitness regimens to fit each member. The Health and Wellness Center also offers TRX suspension training, a private Pilates studio, physical therapy, a stretching area, a steam room, and private lounges.
“When Troon Country Club opened the golf course was ranked among the Top 100 courses in the world,” said Garrett Wallace, General Manager, Troon Country Club. “Thanks to the support of our members, Tom Weiskopf’s vision and Doug Fredrikson’s incredible work on the clubhouse, the newly reimagined Troon Country Club can again be considered among the finest private clubs in the world.”
C+RB spoke with Wallace as part of The Road Back video series.
Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. announced a two-phase renovation project of completely rebuilding the greenside bunkers on the club’s two courses using the Better Billy Bunker method, the latest trend in golf course design and construction.
The West Course, phase one of the renovation project, is now complete and will be followed by the East Course, slated to be complete in early 2021, resulting in more consistent playability and aesthetically pleasing appeal that will improve the member and guest golf experience.
The Better Billy Bunker method, a five-step process for each bunker, eliminates geotextile liners and instead uses a two-inch layer of local pea gravel treated with polymer—essentially creating a gravel blanket that allows water to pass through—which is then covered with USGA specifications for bunker sand. The system provides maximum drainage, resulting in less sand contamination over time and easier maintenance after inclement weather.
“Oak Tree members take great pride in the club and this renovation of modernizing the bunker will create better golf experiences that allow playing much deeper into the life of the bunker, plus let our golf course maintenance team focus on other areas of the courses,” said Kevin Williams, Oak Tree Country Club General Manager.
The East Course and West Course were designed by golf course architect Pete Dye. The East Course annually serves as the site of the Oklahoma Open.
Middlesex County, N.J. is implementing new plans to enhance the popular Tamarack Golf Course in East Brunswick with the closure of the East Course as part of the initial phase of a multi-faceted improvement project starting later this month, New Jersey Stage reported.
The East Course will undergo much-needed renovations and upgrades in three focus areas: irrigation, drainage, and new design features that will transform the player experience and allow for enhanced maintenance of the course, according to information provided by Middlesex County on November 11, New Jersey Stage reported. Subsequently, once the East Course is completed in Spring 2022, the West Course is scheduled for similar upgrades.
“Our golf courses in Middlesex County have undergone a dramatic transformation since the county retained the services of a nationally recognized golf management firm in 2019 to oversee operations,” Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said in the statement. “It’s thrilling to see immediate improvements in the level of service and the quality of experience our courses offer players. Our investment in upgrading Tamarack is part of a larger strategic vision for the county to enhance the quality of life for our residents and attract new visitors to ultimately become a leading destination for recreation.”
The goals for Tamarack East Course renovations are as follows:
- Improve the ability to provide higher and more consistent maintenance standards through better control of irrigation and drainage and improved turf grasses while at the same time reducing the expense of managing these courses;
- Enhance playability for all caliber of players;
- Attract new users by adding more strategic interest and aesthetics through integration of design features that make each course more fun to play and more memorable;
- Undertake improvements in a manner that is least disruptive to current users and provides the best value to Middlesex County residents; and
- Create more variation in the design style of each course so they stand apart
“The county continues to work hard to create an ideal place for residents to live, play and work,” Freeholder and Chair of Infrastructure Management, Charles E. Tomaro, said in the statement. “These renovations will make a dramatic impact on the quality of experience and service at Tamarack golf course, enticing current members and welcoming more visitors to our great county.”
As of October 30, the professional entity managing the Middlesex County golf courses has officially changed their name to Indigo Golf Partners to better reflect today’s modern golf audience, according to the statement. C+RB reported on the name change. The management, operations and personnel will be unaffected by this name change. Middlesex County golf courses will continue to provide the same excellent service and experience that residents and guests have become accustomed to.
“Middlesex County golf courses has experienced unprecedented growth in 2020, which was amplified during the pandemic,” Jeff Bebbino, Regional Manager of Indigo Golf Partners, said in the statement. “We’re confident that with these new improvements, we will continue to drive interest and become a sought-after destination for golf not only in New Jersey but in the Tri-State Area. Moreover, the new management name welcomes a new era for our operations, attracting younger golf enthusiasts to the sport as well as increasing engagement with our existing members.”