The Founders Club in Sarasota, Fla., Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va., Texas Start Golf Course in Euless, Texas, and Bacon Park Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., are all in the midst of updating their golf courses.
Golf courses across the country are updating their offerings. Here are some renovation projects that are in the works:
The Founders Club in Sarasota began doubling the size of its half-acre driving range on May 19. The range has been closed for three weeks while golf crews replace traditional Bermuda grass with sprigs of Florida-friendly Celebration. The renovation will also include expansion of the 22-tee driving range, adding as many as 15 spots to accommodate a growing membership. The full range will open in October, enhancing The Founders Club’s practice and training facilities, which also include two putting greens, a short game area and state-of-the-art TrackMan radar technology offered through the Florida Golf Performance Center.
The daily-fee Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va., is redesigning all of the bunkers, re-grassing all 18 fairways and converting the greens to Champion Bermuda Grass. Issues addressed by the renovation include pace of play, environmental sustainability, and user-friendliness. There will also be significant improvements to the clubhouse to offer more options for dining and entertaining. Changes to the building will create a banquet facility allowing for a wedding with more than 200 guests, a bar offering brick-oven pizza, and a brand new restaurant to serve the surrounding area. The golf course is scheduled to re-open on September 15.
The municipal Texas Star Golf Course in Euless, Texas has kicked off a four-month revitalization that will keep it closed until October 1, the Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas Star-Telegram reported. The $372,000 project will not only resurface all greens with Mini Verde, but will also replace the dirt that has passed for sand in 80 bunkers with crushed white quartz. Several tee boxes will be leveled and extended on the 275-acre golf course, and the No. 16 water hazard will be reworked to bring out its natural beauty and bring it more into play. The ranges and putting greens haven’t closed, so clinics, lessons and such events as golf equipment manufacturer demonstrations will be held. Raven’s Grille and the 7,000-sq. ft. Texas Star Conference Centre remain open.
Bacon Park Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., is being revitalized by O.C. Welch Golf Properties, the Savannah-based WJCL News reported. Several months ago, O.C. Welch Golf Properties took over management duties, and work on the original front nine is already in full swing. Following the original notes of Donald Ross, crews have cleared away overgrown areas of the course as part of the first phase. Work is currently underway on phase two, which consists of bringing the front nine holes back to their old glory. Phase three will renovate the original back nine, with plans to plant grass during the last week of July on the front nine, finish on the construction by the middle of August, and have the front nine back open for play by October. While work is being done to the front nine, the course remains open to golfers.