The Naples, Fla. club selected QGS Development as general contractor and Kipp Schulties Golf Design for the complete redesign and renovation of the club’s 18-hole championship South golf course. “Both QGS Development and Kipp Schulties bring a wealth of expertise, in keeping with our tradition of member satisfaction, to re-imagine our two golf courses and increase their recreational playability,” says Chairman & Co-owner Michael Procacci Jr.
Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Fla. selected QGS Development as general contractor for the complete redesign and renovation of the club’s 18-hole championship South golf course. The project represents the first part of a major renovation to the club’s 36-hole course since its creation more than 30 years ago.
Both courses will undergo full-service reconstruction, renovation and irrigation services. In tandem with QGS Development, Kipp Schulties Golf Design will lead the design work for the project.
“Our goal is to enhance course aesthetics, function and player enjoyment on both courses within the next few years,” said Vineyards Country Club Chairman & Co-owner Michael Procacci Jr. “Both QGS Development and Kipp Schulties bring a wealth of expertise, in keeping with our tradition of member satisfaction, to re-imagine our two golf courses and increase their recreational playability.”
Renovations are currently underway for the 18-hole, Bill Amick-designed South Course. The traditional-style course served as a senior tour stop for five years, hosting The Aetna Challenge, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Challenge and The IntelliNet Challenge.
“Current plans include expanding the course’s yardage from the professional tees to enhance the layout to a championship level, as well as rebuilding and enlarging the greens to help accommodate a range of pin locations,” said QGS Development Vice President Jim Armstrong. “Fairways will also be recontoured to enhance playability, pace of play and challenge, yet will be enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels. The finished courses will have several modern touches adding character, contour and elevation and giving members a unique golfing experience.”
Officials estimate the South Course renovations will take approximately nine months to complete.
Last month, the course was closed to play to prepare for course turf spray application and seasonal perennial rye overseeding. Throughout half of November, play on the course will change to faster, harder conditions as the course’s grasses transition from green to yellow, to light brown.
November 13 will be the last day of play before overseeding, at which time the undesired grass will become dormant. At this time, course conditions will be optimal for members seeking faster conditions. The course is scheduled to be closed to play November 14 through December 4 due to the winter overseed and three week grow-in period, and will likely reopen for member play on December 5. A complete renovation timeline, including course closing and reopening dates, is available HERE.
“Since 1988, Vineyards Country Club has offered an unparalleled golf and club experience to our members, and we have strived to be a valued neighbor to all,” Procacci said. “The golf course transformations and other investments we are making will continue to elevate our membership experience to an entirely new level.”
The golf course renovations are the latest in a series of extensive, assessment-free structural and aesthetic transformations and improvements undertaken to enhance the debt-free, Blue Zones-certified community’s amenities.
QGS is a member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, Florida Turf Grass Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Suncoast Underground Contractor’s Association, National Underground Contractor’s Association and the Tampa Bay Business Association. The company has also renovated Admirals Cove in Jupiter, Fla. and another notable complete renovation of Adios Golf Club in Coconut Creek, Fla.