Enhancements at the Long Grove, Ill. property will include a new 4,200-sq.-ft. green, greenside bunker, and additional fairway and rough turf to allow for longer approach shots. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 15.
Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, Ill., has embarked on a renovation project to upgrade the club’s expansive practice facility, KemperSports has announced, The renovation is scheduled to be completed by July 15.
Enhancements being made to the facility northwest of Chicago will include a new 4,200-sq.-ft. practice green, a new greenside bunker and additional fairway and rough turf to allow for longer approach shots in to the green. The project will also improve drainage and turf conditioning for the practice facility, and allow golfers to sharpen their skills on shots that are consistent with those found on the course that was originally designed by Greg Norman in 1992.
The new practice facility will also create additional opportunities for short-game instruction, in addition to full-swing instruction, from the Royal Melbourne Golf Academy, which is open to member and non-member students.
“The new practice facility will add to the golf amenities at Royal Melbourne Country Club,” said General Manager Mark Freemott. “We believe the new facility will be a tremendous benefit to our members and their guests.”
Jay Blasi, who served as the project architect under Robert Trent Jones, Jr. at Chambers Bay, the KemperSports-managed club in Washington state that will host the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, will oversee all phases of the Royal Melbourne renovation project.
“I’m excited that we will be able to offer the members and their guests a first-class short-game complex to match the other wonderful amenities at the club,” said Blasi.
The practice facility project follows other golf course improvements made recently at Royal Melbourne. During the winter, the club removed trees and widened the left side of the 17th fairway to make it a true risk/reward par-5. The club also completed a wetlands restoration project on the 8th hole.
“Now that we’ve enabled the golfer to see the green from the landing area and added fairway to the lay-up area in front of the green, more players will go for the green in two,” said Freemott.