The Phoenix, Md., club renovated its 18 championship holes as part of a multimillion-dollar improvement program. The project’s scope included bunker redesign and drainage improvements, a new practice range tee, as well as the strategic removal of select trees to open up vistas on certain holes.
Hunt Valley Golf Club, a private non-equity club owned and operated by Arcis Golf in Phoenix, Md., has completed the renovation of 18 championship holes and its practice range, as part of a multimillion-dollar improvement program to revitalize the club.
With the course remaining open throughout the renovation project, construction began in October 2015. Architect Jason Straka of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design explained that the renovations on the red and white nines, which were originally designed in the late 1960’s, were implemented to improve the strategy and shot value of the holes, along with their playability, maintenance, and overall aesthetics. The project scope included bunker redesign and drainage improvements, a new practice range tee to enlarge and lengthen the range, as well as the strategic removal of select trees to open up vistas on certain holes.
“While planning the redesign of the bunkers, we determined to not only reduce their total area, but to seize the opportunity to significantly improve the surface and subsurface drainage around them as well,” said Straka. “Golfers may not readily see the drainage improvements, but they will notice improved conditioning and playability as a result of them.”
Completed in April 2016 within budget and on schedule, the improvements have received positive reactions from the membership and have already drawn in many new members.
“It was a pleasure working in partnership with Arcis Golf and the outstanding team of professionals selected to bring the project to fruition,” said Straka. “Southeastern Golf, a certified golf course builder by the Golf Course Builders Association of America, did a fantastic job and were very flexible meeting deadlines. In addition, Golf Course Superintendent Steve Lutz was excellent to work with and served a vital role as the ‘eyes and ears on the ground’ throughout the project.”
Hunt Valley Golf Club offers an array of amenities complemented by a year-long schedule of special events.