The Dayton, Ohio property will unveil a $5 million renovation to its golf course, which removed more than 2,000 trees to restore the original 1930 design. The golf course added nearly eight miles of drainage to tees, greens and wet areas of the fairways.
The course at Moraine Country Club in Dayton, Ohio is set to reopen on June 11 after a $5 million renovation that removed more than 2,000 trees in order to restore the course’s original design.
“Removing the trees set the stage to bring our course back to the way that it was originally intended to play,” said John Haley, President of the club. “The renovation brings the course’s look and feel to 1945 when Byron Nelson won a thrilling PGA Championship here. Our challenging yet charming course has been the stage for many championships over the years, and we look forward to hosting many more prestigious competitive events in the years to come.”
The course was renovated by architect Keith Foster, who referred to drawings and photographs of the original 1930 design.
“I’ve always found innate charm in working with classic courses. The measure of my work is judged by how seamlessly the land and the course coexist,” Foster said. “The course at Moraine was the original masterpiece of professional golfer and Scotsman Alec ‘Nipper’ Campbell. It’s home to rolling fairways and breathtaking sightlines. The alterations at Moraine accent and restore these gorgeous features.”
Moraine’s renovation is part of a larger and environmentally friendly trend of minimization in golf. Removing obstructions such as trees and roots helps restore original hole routings and actually helps the environment due to less watering, fertilization and mowing. One of the biggest renovation challenges at Moraine was the addition of nearly eight miles of drainage to tees, greens and wet areas of the fairways. This extra drainage allows the course to play faster and firmer.