Through the five-month project, a long-range course-refinement master plan prepared by Robert Trent Jones Jr. was used to update the Championship Course at the public facility in Clemmons, N.C., that was originally designed by his father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., and that hosted the 1974 PGA Championship. Greens were resurfaced with new turf and bunkers and tees were refined, along with tree management work.
The Championship Course at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C.—a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that hosted the 1974 PGA Championship and the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship—reopened on October 20thafter five months of implementing major portions of a long-range course-refinement master plan prepared by Jones Sr.’s son, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Chairman and Master Architect of Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) Golf Course Architects.
The master plan, prepared at the request of the Forsyth County (N.C.) Parks and Recreation Department, called for refinements to many elements of the golf course, notably all bunkers, tees, tree management, and resurfacing the greens with new turf.
“The changes are outstanding,” reports Michael Wilcox, Tanglewood Park’s Director of Golf. “The updated playability, strategy, and picturesque vistas will create a unique and memorable golf experience. Once the newly grassed areas are fully established, the Championship course will once again be one of the premier public courses in the U.S. A new chapter at Tanglewood has begun.”
Added Bruce Charlton, President and Chief Design Officer of RTJ II: “I give the officials in the Forsyth County government a big standing ovation for realizing the tremendous asset that the Championship Course at Tanglewood Park represents to their County Parks System.
“Our intent was to update the course in keeping with the RTJ Sr.’s design philosophies while polishing this gem to meet the demands of today’s game,” Charlton added. “It has been a pleasure implementing our visions in collaboration with Richard Mandell, an [American Society of Golf Course Architects] member based in Pinehurst, N.C.”
Both Wilcox and Charlton also noted the contributions to the project of Tanglewood Course Superintendent Lee Barefoot, The Wadsworth Construction company, led by Matt Lohmann, and consultant Steve Johnson of Brown Golf Management.