After three years of planning, creation of a “new Edgewood” is finally underway, with changes that will move two of the Stateline, Nev. course’s holes closer to Lake Tahoe to make room for a new 154-unit lodge.
Fans of the annual American Century Championship (ACC) celebrity golf tournament will notice something new at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev. this year, reported the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal.
Creation of the “new Edgewood” is finally underway, the Gazette-Journal reported, after the owners of the 18-hole, par-72 golf course, site of the ACC since its inception in 1990, announced plans three years ago to add a 154-unit lodge and also make changes to the golf course’s eighth and ninth holes.
Construction on what is officially known as the Edgewood Tahoe Resort Project has begun, the Gazette-Journal reported, although the impact on this year’s tournament, to be held from July 15-20, is expected to be minimal.
“I don’t think there will be any issues,” the club’s Golf Course Superintendent, Brad Wunderlich, said during a news conference on June 3.
The course renovation aspect of the project will shorten the eighth hole slightly as well as the ninth hole, the Gazette-Journal reported, moving it closer to Lake Tahoe to make room for the lodge between the eighth and ninth fairways. The ninth green, like the 18th green just on the other side of the clubhouse, will be near the water’s edge.
Randy Fox, Edgewood Tahoe’s Head Golf Professional, told the Gazette-Journal that golf course architect Tom Fazio, nephew of George Fazio, who originally designed Edgewood, had been out a few times to oversee the project.
“I think eight will be a better hole,” Fox said. “And nine ending by the lake will be a huge difference.”
“The lodge [makes] this place world-class,” he added. “It’s just off the charts.”
The new holes should be ready to go before the 2015 ACC, the Gazette-Journal reported. The course will remain a par 72, just slightly shorter than its current 7,445 yards from the back tees.
The lodge, which also will have 40 fractional residences, a health spa and a bistro-style restaurant, is expected to be completed in 2016, the Gazette-Journal reported.