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Tripp Davis and Associates Hired by The Powelt…

Tripp Davis and Associates Hired by The Powelton Club for Bunker Restoration Project

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) is overseeing a major bunker restoration project at The Powelton Club in Newburgh, New York.  The historic club in the heart of the Hudson River Valley was founded in 1892 and is one of the oldest clubs in the U.S.  The course was originally designed by Devereux Emmet in 1926.

The TDA plan is to rebuild the bunkers in Emmet’s style with steep grass faces and strategic positioning, while keeping the overall square footage more manageable.  The bunkers at Powelton had become too large, historically speaking, and Davis and team will carefully downsize the overall square footage throughout the golf course, in keeping with Emmet’s style of designing slender bunkers.  Functionally, TDA, along with golf course builder Frank O’Dowd of Intergolf, is installing better drainage, bunker liners and a better grade of sand so that the playing quality of the bunkers is better and the sand is easier to maintain over time.

“We were honored to be selected for this renovation and restoration work at The Powelton Club and it was because of our knowledge of Devereux Emmet and our overall reputation for historical work and a track record of staying on budget,” said Davis. “Once we have completed our work, the members are going to see their golf course suddenly look ‘older’ with a more classic bunker style but with much better sand.  Even though bunkers are supposed to be places to avoid strategically, I am really looking forward to seeing the members play out of them.”

Construction started in early October of 2018 and should be completed by Spring 2019.

About Tripp Davis and Associates

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) was founded in 1994 and has offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and New York City.  TDA practices golf architecture with an unparalleled passion for craftsmanship of unique landscapes and strategic details.  Tripp Davis, a decorated amateur golfer, was a member of the 1989 National Championship Golf Team and a NCAA All-American selection while at the University of Oklahoma.  He continues to play in several prestigious amateur events each year. 

Tripp’s abilities as a world-class player give him a unique insight into those subtle details in strategy that can make a golf course an interesting challenge for better players, while proving an enjoyable test for the average golfer.  His knowledge of the game has also been incorporated into the development of innovative practice facilities that give players the opportunity to practice the right shots in the right way, thus expanding their golfing abilities and their appreciation for the game. 

Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Oklahoma and is a Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. 

For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

Whispering Pines Golf Club Rated by Golf Diges…

Whispering Pines Golf Club Rated by Golf Digest as One of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2019-2020

Golf Digest has released its biennial rankings of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses for 2019-2020 and Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, advanced to No. 54 on the prestigious list.  Whispering Pines is the highest rated Texas course with only one other club in the state making the top 100.  Whispering Pines Golf Club debuted on the America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list in 2013 at No. 75.

Since opening in 2000, Whispering Pines Golf Club, a Nicklaus Design led by architect Chet Williams, has been ranked the No. 1 course in Texas 11 times by the Dallas Morning News, and earned Golf Digest’s top rating as the Best in State in its 2017-2018 list.  Additionally, the club has a challenging nine-hole short course named The Needler, which was inspired by the great short course at Pine Valley and the Par 3 course at Augusta National.  Whispering Pines operates on a two season basis and reopens in March. 

In reviewing the course, rater remarks included the following:  “Some of the best greens I’ve ever played;”  “Almost an Augusta National experience with amazing greens, and an all-world par 3 course that is as good as any.”

About Whispering Pines Golf Club

Just 80 miles north of Houston along the shores of Lake Livingston sits Whispering Pines Golf Club, one of the best private golf clubs in the country.  The club was founded not only to offer its discerning members a superior golfing experience on an exceptional course, but it also was created to promote amateur golf and to benefit charitable causes on a local, national and international level.  Whispering Pines is operated by The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 © (3), for its members.  To date, The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities.

Whispering Pines Golf Club also hosts The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, a biennial event that showcases the best women and men amateur golfers from around the world.  Some 80 players from 20 countries and six continents compete for gold medals in the 54-hole tournament. The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is scheduled on November 7-9, 2019.     

For more information about Whispering Pines Golf Club or The Spirit Golf Association, visit either www.whisperingpinesgolfclub.com or www.thespiritgolf.com, respectively.

Club Prophet Systems announces plans to exhibi…

Club Prophet Systems announces plans to exhibit at the 66th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 22-25, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.  

“Club Prophet Systems looks forward to demonstrating CPS Air, a mobile point of sale built specifically for the golf course business. It was designed on a new state-of-the-art architecture that has a live connection to the Club Prophet database and real-time access to the credit card networks for live payments,” said Tom Robshaw, President of Club Prophet Systems. “The iPad provides a mobile solution with a small footprint and low price point.  The new architecture delivers a large amount of real-time information at a very efficient and low rate of bandwidth.  It allows you to take the point-of-sale experience from a chore behind the counter to a personally interactive experience with customers on their turf.”

From Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 25, Club Prophet Systems will exhibit in Booth #3229 on the show floor at the Orange County Convention Center.

CPS Air, the new 100% mobile golf point-of-sale system, and the full suite of golf course management software from Club Prophet Systems will be available for demonstrations. To receive information on how Club Prophet Systems will fit the needs of any size, any type golf facility, request a free demo by emailing sales@cps.golf, calling 800-793-1872, or filling out a form on the CPS website. Learn more at www.clubprophetsystems.com.

About Club Prophet Systems

For over 26 years, Club Prophet Systems has designed fully integrated golf management software systems for the golf industry. CPS products encompass point-of-sale (POS), food and beverage (F&B) for snack bar to fine dining, customer history and member management with billing and online statements, real time tee sheet scheduling and online tee time reservations, email marketing, mobile solutions, integrated credit card processing, reporting, inventory, and much more.

Serving over 1,700 facilities in 16 countries in 9 languages, CPS provides solutions for every type of golf facility including driving range, public, private, resort and municipal destinations and including multi-course operators and management companies. CPS can provide local and cloud-based solutions and can tailor a system to fit every need and budget.

CPS is a non-barter solution and offers services with no up-front software or training costs, no term commitments or contracts. Outstanding 24/7 technical support is included. CPS will help you operate more efficiently and give you the tools needed to maximize your profits. Call today for a no obligation consultation to see if CPS golf management software is a fit for your facility

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transfo…

Tripp Davis and Associates Prepares to Transform Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) has been retained by Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, to direct the extensive renovation and restoration of the Perry Maxwell and Alister MacKenzie designed course that opened in 1929. 

The TDA plan will renovate drainage, cart paths, the structure of tees, greens and bunkers, and re-grass most of the course, to include using Latitude 36 Bermuda for tees and fairways, and 007 Bent Grass for the greens.  Work will include restoring the original rounded/irregular shape of the tees, returning strategic widths in fairways and removing many introduced trees, plus restoring the strategic intent and style of the bunkers and the size of the original greens. 

The work to the greens also will include preserving the existing contours, mostly original, while making minor changes to enhance them for modern play.  All greens had the existing contours scanned and each layer of the rebuilding of the greens will be carefully monitored with GPS equipment to make sure the important contours are artfully preserved.  TDA is also working with EC Design of West Des Moines, Iowa, to plan a completely new irrigation and pumping system.      

“Being given the responsibility to renovate and restore the Maxwell/MacKenzie course at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club is uniquely exciting for me given my history there and the many friends I have there,” said Tripp Davis, lead golf course architect.  “I first played the course in 1985 as a freshman on the University of Oklahoma golf team, and it has since been one of my favorite courses in the world.  Being able to bring the golf course back to more what it was intended to be by Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie will be one the greatest thrills of my professional career.” 

The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club was one of only a few courses that Maxwell and MacKenzie collaborated on, with Crystal Downs in Michigan, and the Ohio State University Scarlett Course being two of the more high profile courses they did together.  Davis has limited his workload so he can be on site, 30 minutes from his home, on an almost constant basis.

 TDA Shaper Jason Gold, who has been a TDA staff member for over 10 years, will be on site to shape the course, while Davis will personally oversee the shaping of the surfaces of the greens to preserve the existing character.  “Jason and I will be working to make sure every detail is right and that every strategic element is pure to how Mr. Maxwell and Mr. MacKenzie wanted the course to play.  They were extraordinary at making everything they did look like a natural part of the land, and using that to create beautiful strategic variety and interest, highlighted by the angles they created and the importance of precision when playing into the greens,” stated Davis. 

Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club will close its golf course for construction this winter and there are plans for a limited reopening in December 2019, with full play in Spring 2020.

About Tripp Davis and Associates

Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) was founded in 1994 and has offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and New York City.  TDA practices golf architecture with an unparalleled passion for craftsmanship of unique landscapes and strategic details.  Tripp Davis, a decorated amateur golfer, was a member of the 1989 National Championship Golf Team and a NCAA All-American selection while at the University of Oklahoma.  He continues to play in several prestigious amateur events each year. 

Tripp’s abilities as a world-class player give him a unique insight into those subtle details in strategy that can make a golf course an interesting challenge for better players, while proving an enjoyable test for the average golfer.  His knowledge of the game has also been incorporated into the development of innovative practice facilities that give players the opportunity to practice the right shots in the right way, thus expanding their golfing abilities and their appreciation for the game. 

Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Oklahoma and is a Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.  For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.

Photo Credit: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club

Heritage Links Providing Construction Services…

Heritage Links Providing Construction Services for the Restoration of Southern Hills Country Club

Heritage Links is assisting architect Gil Hanse with construction services for the encompassing restoration of historic Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The project entails work on all 18 holes of the Perry Maxwell masterpiece that opened in 1936.  The extensive restoration plans include new USGA greens, bunkers, tees, cart paths, drainage, a new irrigation system, and grassing.  

Among Heritage Links’s comprehensive project services will be the implementation of a new bunker style that will be very natural in appearance.  The change represents a stark contrast to the existing ordinary appearance that evolved over the years.  Additionally, the bunkers will include Better Billy Bunker liners to improve drainage.  All of the greens will be rebuilt to USGA specifications utilizing GreenScan technology to replace the contours to their exact current elevations.  The new greens will feature PrecisionAire and hydronic heating/cooling systems in the subgrade.

Heritage Links also is working on the creation of a new short game area and event lawn, driving range reconstruction, plus colored concrete cart paths.

The renovation is on track for a mid-December completion, and the course expects to reopen in June 2019.  The construction work is being managed for Heritage Links by Agustin Sanchez.

Southern Hills is considered Maxwell’s greatest architectural achievement.  The storied private club has hosted three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championships, as well as the U.S. Amateur Championship, a U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.  Future tournaments to be hosted by the club are the 2021 PGA Senior Championship and another PGA Championship scheduled between 2025 and 2030.  Golf Digest ranks Southern Hills as the No. 1 course in Oklahoma in its 2017-2018 Best in State list.  Southern Hills also is No. 35 on Golf Digest’s prestigious America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. 

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The latest custom wedge work from Brad Hardan aka MyClubFitter. Go Team USA!! for more information on getting your clubs stamped, contact Brad via email bradhardan@gmail.com

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Just perfect at the Hasentree Club, Wake Forest, NC

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Course was in the best shape I have seen it in, really one of the finest tracks in NC

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Beautiful day at Hasentree Club, Wake Forest, NC

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Ripping one off the tee at Treyburn