The public course in Tallahassee, Fla. that is owned by Florida State University will start the project in mid-August under the direction of Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II, to turn it into the first Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course in North America. The closure will last through September 2019, and as part of the project, a new lake will be built along the 8th hole.
Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club in Tallahassee, Fla. will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation under the direction of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II, reported the Tallahassee Democrat. Construction is set to begin in mid-August at the public course that is owned by Florida State University (FSU).
The par-73 course, located in southwest Tallahassee, Fla. and operated by Century Golf Partners, has 800 members and annually averages 42,000 rounds, reported the Democrat.
The property serves the Seminoles’ men’s and women’s golf teams, in addition to the university’s Global Club Management and Leadership program within FSU’s Dedman School of Hospitality, reported the Democrat.
Tallahassee-based Childers Construction Company will oversee the $8 million project. The course will be closed for play through Sept. 30, 2019. The closure includes the facility’s driving range, pro shop and Renegade Grill restaurant, reported the Democrat.
Early renovation steps will include a spray-out to kill the course’s grass, the removal of cart paths and the building of a new lake alongside the par-3, 199-yard eighth hole, reported the Democrat.
“Nicklaus Design has created a course that will be one of the nation’s best, further enhancing the experience of FSU golfers and the broader golf community alike,” said Kyle Clark, the university’s Vice President for Finance and Administration.
The renovated course will be the first Jack Nicklaus Legacy Course in North America, a designation given to courses designed by Nicklaus and his son Jack, reported the Democrat.
“From the time we initially talked about this three, four years ago to reach this point is amazing,” Trey Jones, FSU men’s golf coach, told the Democrat.
“I am beyond excited that we have generous donors and a university and athletics administration that share this vision,” said Jones. “There is a motto in golf that you leave the course better than you found it, and our new Nicklaus Legacy golf course will certainly do that for us.”
FSU’s golf course last underwent a major renovation in 2001, when FSU spent $5.5 million to build a new clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant facility, reported the Democrat. In 2004, the university spent $2.2 million to rebuild its tees and greens and install a new irrigation system.
The course is named for former FSU golf and football coach Don Veller, who passed away in 2006.
Nicklaus Design, the global golf course design firm founded by Jack Nicklaus, has designed nearly 420 courses open for play in 39 states and 46 countries, reported the Democrat.