Winners of the 9th American Golf Course Architects Association Design Excellence Certification Program have been nominated. These golf facilities are cited for working with ASGCA members to address their own design challenges.
Since its inception, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has focused on the innovation and problem-solving skills needed to design today’s golf courses, from new 18-hole layouts to newly updated practice facilities.
The 2020 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the American Club Management Association, the American Golf Course Builders Association, and the American Golf Course Supervisors Association.
The accepted courses are:
- Brycefield Country Club, Belmont / Chris Wiltinsky, Michigan, ASGCA
- Virginia Minerals Cutalong / ASGCA Tom Clark
- PING Proving Ground-Professional Demo Center, Phoenix / Forest Richardson, ASGCA
- Links to Sagewood, Phoenix / Gary Brawley, ASGCA
- Seanberg Golf Club / Seanberg Park District, Seanberg / Todd Kitono, Illinois, ASGCA, and Bob Rohmann, ASGCA
- White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville, Illinois / Todd Kitono, ASGCA
“This may be the most diverse group of projects we’ve seen in the history of design excellence,” said Jason Straka, vice president of ASGCA. “Congratulations to the facilities and architects who helped to once again prove that golf course construction has art and science. Above all, golfers in these communities benefit from this impressive work. I have received. “
Brycefield Country Club, Belmont / Chris Wiltinsky, Michigan, ASGCA
Brycefield, host of Meijer LPGA Classic Simply giveWas designed by William B. Langford and Theodore J. Morrow over 90 years ago. With the refurbishment, the course and club have returned to their original splendor.
- New state-of-the-art 2-acre short game practice facility
- 12,000 square feet putting green and putting course
- A new tee for each hole to lengthen or shorten the course
- Relocation and reconstruction of all bunkers with the Better Billy Bunker System
- Fairway readjustment and expansion
- All greens have been expanded to their original shape and size
- New internal drainage system for each green
The removal of the trees also opened the panorama of the site, giving it a cleaner look and creating the width of each hole intended by Langford and Morrow.
Virginia Minerals Cutalong / ASGCA Tom Clark
Conceived in 2000 as a 27-hole facility with 350 units on 1,000 acres, after working for 4 owners, 3 environmental companies, 4 engineering companies, 3 supervisors and 2 golf contractors. It has been transformed into a huge practice facility and 900 18-hole courses. -Housing development with sewers and water.
When construction began in earnest, three holes grew and five holes became coarse-graded, but 11 holes in 2019, mainly due to the lack of available irrigation water. Only completed. In 2020, the last seven holes were completed.
1,000 acres were mining operations in the early 20th century, using abandoned vertical shafts, railroad beds, washbasins, ruins, and polluted streams as water sources. The site was completely debris removed and re-sown in fesk and millet to form topsoil. The water was neutralized in another mixed pond of well water, lime and limestone.
With the help of consultant Ron Whitten, the original concept was to create a complex course like the National Golf Links of Classic Architecture by Classic Designers. Since Lake Anna is near some Civil War battlefields, the sides of some holes are based on 19th century fortresses and defenses. The Cutalong is on top of a dead mining operation, so certain holes also reflect its legacy.
PING Proving Ground-Professional Demo Center, Phoenix / Forest Richardson, ASGCA
The challenge is to empty the showcase practice green with a .08 inch tolerance for 0%, .5%, 1%, 1.5% and 2% puttings by PING Tour Professionals and replace it with a specific one. It was to develop in combination with a practice bunker that can be done. Sand type for club test. All of this is in a small space of 8,000 square feet, providing highly accurate putting surface tolerances for using and testing new clubs. The putting and chipping area should provide slopes and breaks with the surrounding terrain that are close to the actual chipping conditions.
This design also needed to accommodate a robot PING launch monitor in a test building adjacent to a green area. The safety associated with this area required a layout that allowed access to adjacent practice areas while allowing security to separate all areas during demonstration or testing of prototype equipment.
This design required careful integration into PING’s test equipment. Detailed GPS slope analysis of the finished green surface works with putt tracking technology to measure putts and compare them to cross slopes, slopes and green velocities.
Links to Sagewood, Phoenix / Gary Brawley, ASGCA
As part of the Phase II expansion of Phoenix’s senior living community, Sagewood, a new putting course has been commissioned to convert 50,000 square feet of open space into world-class amenities for 600 residents. The owner’s instructions were to build a top quality natural playing surface putting course that would be a fun and unique challenge for the inhabitants.
Creating a large putting surface instead of 18 individual holes will help with more play options in your daily setup. The result is an 18-hole layout that can also be played in reverse. In addition, golfers have 9-hole routing and supervisor-chosen routing, and the golf course plays differently each week for four weeks. Residents are also encouraged to explore the putting green and enjoy the method of choice to play the course for the day.
Seanberg Golf Club / Seanberg Park District, Seanberg / Todd Kitono, Illinois, ASGCA, and Bob Rohmann, ASGCA
Celebrating 25 years under the ownership of the Park District, the golf course infrastructure was inadequate and needed to be upgraded.
The challenges are: A layer built on the green above the restricted water and air flow of the original structure. Bunkers over the age of 20 suffered from pollution, poor drainage and lack of strategic value. I want to strengthen the forward tee system to build new customers. Major flood / drainage issues at some holes resulted in longer downtime and lost revenue. And inadequate practice facilities.
Solutions that include the following are highly regarded by the Park District and golfers.
- Work was completed in three 9-hole phases (18 is always open) to maximize profits.
- Two holes have been rerouted to mitigate floods, allowing for greater practice.
- The magnified driving range grass tea (fesk) regenerates quickly due to its strong roots, minimizes divot damage and can re-grow within days.
- The rebuilt green (USGA Construction) and the new bentgrass offer much better elasticity.
- With an aggregate liner and the finest sand, the new bunker requires minimal maintenance and has significantly improved strategic options.
- Tea complexes and fairways are thriving with new bends that provide stronger rooting and drought resistance and save fungicides.
White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville, Illinois / Todd Kitono, ASGCA
The number, size, and location of bunkers throughout the 27-hole facility led to a refurbishment project focused on sand reduction and relocation. Bunkers were vast and cumbersome to maintain, and were often contaminated by years of storm damage. Some greens were also a problem. There was a problem with the slope being too steep to control proper pin position, being too small and requiring or expansion, or internal drainage. The new bunkering program and expanded bentgrass area have made the course interesting for members of all playing abilities, adding the sparks needed to recruit membership.
- Bunker square feet reduced from 160,000 square feet to less than 80,000 square feet
- In the area where the bunker was removed, bentgrass was added to expand the landing area of the fairway and create dynamic roll-off and roll-on features around the green.
- Bunker maintenance work has been significantly reduced, routine work (corrections) has been minimized, and storm cleanup has been virtually eliminated.
The bent glass extends to the bunker edge and the rolling face flashes high in the sand, giving the final look unique to the region and increasing recruitment opportunities.
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