The work on the 94-year-old course between July and Halloween will include redirection of one fairway away from a bordering street that has seen an increase in traffic, to address growing safety concerns.
The 94-year-old golf course at Lebanon (Pa.) Country Club, originally designed in 1920 by Scottish architect Alexander Findlay, will be getting a facelift through a project that will begin at the private club on July 7 and is scheduled for completion by Halloween, according to a report in the Lebanon Daily News.
Among the significant aspects of the project, the Daily News reported, will be a redirecting of the #8 fairway, which runs along the city’s Oak Street, to decrease the likelihood of balls being hit into the street.
“Over the years as the traffic has increased on Oak Street, it’s becoming more of a problem with golf balls veering onto the street,” Dan Brickley, the club’s Course Superintendent, told the Daily News. “We’re actually taking that fairway and veering it away from Oak Street to address safety concerns on that hole.”
Another significant part of the project will involve rebuilding the #15 green, the Daily News reported. That work will be done sometime after Labor Day, when golf traffic slows down. A temporary green will be built on the fairway so the hole can remain open.
Other parts of the renovation plan, the Daily News reported, will include:
• Two bridges over Beck Creek will be replaced by one new bridge—a project that required approval from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection.
• The number of bunkers along the course will be reduced from the current 56, but the square footage of bunkers will actually increase.
• Ladies tees will be added to holes #8, #11 and #18. “That is to bring the ladies’ par back to 72,” Brickley said. “The ladies’ par right now is 75, which doesn’t match the men’s.”
The last time work of any significance was done on the course, the Daily News reported, was 1999.
Club officials would not disclose the project’s price tag, the Daily News reported, saying only that it is “a significant investment.”
Jim Nagle of Forse Design Inc. will be the architect for the renovation, the Daily News reported, and Mottin Golf Course Renovations LLC of Malvern, Pa. will be the contractor.
Brickley called Forse and Mottin “rock stars” in the golf industry.
“We’re excited because we got the best people coming to Lebanon Country Club to do this job,” he told the Daily News. “I’m ecstatic that I get to work with this quality of people here at Lebanon.”
Nagle, who said Forse specializes in restoring and renovating older golf courses, told the Daily News that there is currently a “disconnect” between the course’s front nine holes and the back nine holes.
“You can walk the back nine and see that it’s much different than the front nine,” he said. “The whole basis with this plan is to sort of marry the two nines and bring features together that provide a consistent look throughout all 18 holes.”
All involved in the project stressed that play will not be interrupted and no holes would be closed during construction.
“I can’t remember the last project that we’ve done where we actually had to shut a hole down,” said Douglas Mottin, President of the contracting firm bearing his name. “All our equipment is geared for golf-course renovation, low-impact. Everybody is aware of people teeing off, what’s going on, very conscious of golfers.”