Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open de España, La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Benahavís, Malaga Spain.
Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open de España, La Quinta Golf & Country Club, Benahavís, Malaga Spain.
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
PGA National Resort & Spa’s Celebrated Champion Course Reopens Following Major Renovation
PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation, meetings and spa destination – has reopened its celebrated Champion Course following a major $1 million renovation by Nicklaus Design.
Significant improvements implemented by Nicklaus Design, led by senior design associate Chris Cochran, include the removal of Palmetto palms on the right side of No. 1 and left side of No. 9 to offer more options for PGA TOUR players on their tee shots as well as approaches into both greens. The removal will also allow for better crowd flow during the Honda Classic as the annual event has become one of the most popular and well-attended on the PGA TOUR schedule.
Additionally, one-third of an acre (14,400 sq. ft.) was recaptured on the putting surfaces, adding an average of 800 square feet per green. Most notably, the putting surfaces will return to the native design Jack Nicklaus and his team implemented 16 years ago.
The green complexes were re-built, shaped and grassed with Tif-Eagle Bermuda. This results in seamless transitions from green surrounds to putting surfaces and tighter relationships with respect to greenside bunkers. The changes allow for consistency in a variety of weather conditions and make one of the true “bucket list” courses in the game even more compelling.
The mighty Champion Course has long been feared and revered as one of the most challenging in the game. One of the premier tests of golf is now even stronger. Resort guests can try and tackle The Champion Course when taking advantage of several exceptional stay-and-play offers including the popular Gold Golf Package with rates starting at $279 (per person, per night, double occupancy).
Nicklaus and his team comprehensively redesigned The Champion in 2002 as well as a 2014 redesign of layout’s stout par-4 14th hole which leads to the famous “Bear Trap” – a series of three demanding holes (Nos. 15,16 and 17) which many considered the toughest stretch in the game.
“We are honored to have worked on a course with such a storied history with both Jack Nicklaus and his design company,” says Cochran. “We took the advice of the best players in the game and made one of the great layouts in the U.S. even stronger.”
Next to its daunting first hole, The Champion Course’s outstanding driving range was significantly upgraded last year and includes a secluded section for PGA TOUR pros to practice their short game as well as greenside and fairway bunker play. The new pristine area garnered rave reviews from the players in the 2018 Honda Classic.
“As the home of a PGA TOUR course as well as being an iconic golf resort and private membership club, we continue to invest significantly in our brand assets,” says Greg “Coach” Saunders, PGA National’s vice-president and managing director. “The time was right to restore the greens and we are excited to announce the completion of this major project on our distinguished Champion Course.”
The renowned destination also features four added first-class championship layouts: The Palmer, The Fazio, The Squire and The Estates. The transformed Palmer Course, originally designed by legendary Arnold Palmer, reopened last November after undergoing a comprehensive renovation to rave reviews.
Additionally, PGA National offers the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and David Pelz Scoring Game School for individual instruction and group clinics; Every Ball Counts – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement offered at its off-site Estates Course; and state-of-the-art club fitting at the PGA National Club Fitting Lab.
For more information, please visit www.pgaresort.com or call 800.863.2819.
GOLFING IN PARADISE: SHANGRI-LA’S VILLINGILI RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES ANNOUNCES GOLF RESIDENCY WITH JOHN E. MORGAN
Sky Sports Golf Commentator and former Pro-Golfer John E. Morgan is set to bring his expertise to the only golf course in the Maldives from February 15 to 28, 2019
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives, is delighted to announce its partnership with Sky Sports golf commentator and former pro-golfer, John E. Morgan, for a two week residency from February 15 to 28, 2019. Morgan, who has played alongside legends including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Fred Couples, is well known for his participation in The Open Championships, European Tour and PGA Tour. During the two week residency, the talented golfer will teach guests in group classes and one-on-one sessions, sharing his expertise on how to sink a hole in one in this paradisiacal setting.
The Golf Residency with John E. Morgan at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is designed for golf enthusiasts of all levels and ages. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s impressive nine-hole, par three and four golf course. Nestled on seven and a half hectares of land at the southern end of Villingili Island, the course is the only one of its kind in the Maldives and is designed with coconut-palms lining the fairways and stimulating challenges and vistas throughout.
Along with personal training and group workshops, the resort will host fun tournaments and activities throughout the two week residency, including Beat the Pro sessions, during which guests are invited to try to hit a drive closer to the hole than Morgan. Golfers should not be intimidated, as Morgan will use only one hand for this activity.
Golf enthusiasts can also participate in the first-ever Mount Villingili Challenge, during which golfers will compete to strike a fish food golf ball the furthest into the turquoise Indian Ocean. Afterwards, guests can celebrate with a tailored Dine by Design experience atop Mount Villingili, toasting their golfing triumphs as they admire tropical views of the golf course and ocean beyond.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to paradise and share my love of golf with guests at the renowned Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa,” said Morgan. “I’m looking forward to helping seasoned players improve their game and introducing beginners to the sport, perhaps for the very first time. There will be lots of fun events taking place over the two weeks which I’m sure guests will enjoy!”
Guests can book the Stay & Play with John E. Morgan package, which starts from US$920++ per person per night, including:
· One-on-one personalized golf session with John E. Morgan for 45 minutes
· Two golf workshops with John E. Morgan – one hour group sessions
· One Beat the Pro session with John E. Morgan – one hour group session
· Tea & Tee – A round of golf for two persons, followed by an afternoon tea at the golf course
· One Dine by Design experience for two persons on Mount Villingili, the highest summit in the Maldives, overlooking the golf course, including wine pairing
· A 60 minute Golf massage – A Deep Tissue Acupressure Massage, stimulating specific points to improve blood circulation, help relieve muscle knots and pain, as well as increase range of motion.
· Yoga session with Master Dr. Pooja, perfect for stretching muscles after a round of golf
· Daily breakfast buffet at Javvu restaurant
The package is available from February 15 – 28, 2019, over a minimum stay of five nights. Terms & conditions apply.
For more information and reservation: Tel: +960 689 7888, email@example.com www.shangri-la.com
Golfplan’s Ugandan 18 debuts along headwaters of The Nile
Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, now a fully fledged, 18-hole design from the hand of Golfplan’s Kevin Ramsey, celebrated its official grand opening 6-8 October by hosting the inaugural Serena Johnnie Walker Open, an event claimed Ugandan professional Phillip Kasozi who carded a 54-hole total of 222 over the 7,262-yard, par-72 course.
Kasozi’s victory (and a 200-member pro-am staged the next day) capped a development process some 10 years in the making. This slow road has nevertheless produced the finest course in the diversifying tourist region of East Africa.
“The first nine at Lake Victoria took 7 years start-to-finish; the last nine took just 2,” said course architect Ramsey, a partner with Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Golfplan (www.golfplan.com). “In new golf markets like this one, flexible timelines are the way to go. It serves no one to artificially advance a project according to arbitrary schedules. It’s better to get things exactly right.”
Kasozi was certainly impressed. He called the design “brilliant”, adding that these 18 holes at Lake Victoria Serena will advance the game in Uganda: “On behalf of the professionals I thank all who have made this possible,” he said.
According to Ramsey, who was on site for the grand opening festivities, first among those is resort developer Katrick Halai, CEO of the Kenya-based contracting firm Cementers. The architect also singled out project manager Theodor van Rooyan and the artistry of Phase II shaper Joe Smith.
But surely some credit should be reserved for Ramsey himself, whose design Van Rooyan and Smith followed, and whose development savvy helped realize Uganda’s first international-standard course.
Formed in 1972, Golfplan has brought proper golf facilities to more new markets than any course architecture firm in the game, having created more than 217 original designs in 32 different countries (if renovation and master planning are considered, make that 85 countries). This fall, in addition to Lake Victoria Serena, Ramsey christened the first international-standard course in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia (Tabori Hills GC) and the back nine at Samsun GC, Turkey’s first course on the Black Sea coast.
Half a world away, the week of 18-21 October, Ramsey’s partner in Golfplan, David Dale, watched the world’s top players tackle his much feted design, The Club at Nine Bridges. Reigning world no. 1 Brooks Koepka topped that field, at the U.S. PGA tour’s CJ Cup, with a winning total of -21.
“New course development in South Korea and Uganda can’t get much further apart, geographically and logistically, but the commonality here is getting things right — no matter how long it might take,” Ramsey said. “In a mature market like Korea, where we’ve done two dozen original designs, no course takes 10 years to complete. In Uganda, it’s a different exercise: We essentially created the development standard from scratch. And that would not have happened, ever, were it not for the commitment and passion of our developer, Mr. Halai, who ensured that not a single corner was cut. His commitment to quality never flagged. We deployed all the best materials, Toro irrigation, and the perfect turfgrass for this climate and site, Sea Spray Paspalum, which, like most everything (including bentgrass, for the putting surfaces), required importation.
“As a result, we have a thoroughly compelling golf course in a singular setting — with course conditions the equal of any in Africa. And I include South Africa in that assessment.”
The environment at Serena is naturally dominated by mighty Lake Victoria, a presence on all 18 holes but particularly the start and finish. Ramsey’s design made elegant use of an enormous, man-made lagoon that divides holes 1 and 9 from 17 and 18 — and accommodates the property’s sparkling new marina.
“I’m not sure that’s ever been done,” the architect said. “Those are wonderful water holes, the 1st especially — once you reach the landing area, all of Lake Victoria spreads out before you. The 18th is another picturesque par-4, a sexy little finishing hole that plays to an island green. But it’s something quite special to have a gallery of pleasure boats shuttling in and out of this marina, as the round begins and ends.
“It’s a pretty flat piece of ground there at water’s edge, but those are some of the most beautiful lake-side holes we’ve created as a firm — I’m really pleased with the way our wispy, native-grass areas aesthetically complement the papyrus reeds we preserved at lakeside. At the same time, several holes at Serena play up into natural grasslands dotted with acacia trees that remind me of mesquite trees from the American west. It’s a distinct environment up there, and the long views — over the course, to Lake Victoria beyond — are even more stunning.”
The extended development timeline at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa worked out quite strategically. Located south of the capital, Kampala, the Serena property is today highly convenient to several million urbanites thanks to the newly completed Kampala-Entebbe highway. Kampala is also the point of entry for much of the country’s safari tourism industry.
“Uganda needs diversified tourist attractions and this resort definitely fits that bill,” said Ramsey, who added that his18 holes at Serena are an exotic wildlife tour in their own right. “There are dozens of exotic bird species on course, the Ugandan Crane being the most spectacular. That’s the national bird but the most a massive bird is the strikingly ugly Marabou Stork, which looks like a pterodactyl! There are some lovely monitor lizards out there, too. There used to be a python living in the papyrus reeds along no. 9 — but I don’t go out there looking for him.”
Bobby Weed Golf Design Completes Renovation at Long Cove Club
Bobby Weed Golf Design (BobbyWeed.com) announces that its renovation of the golf course at Long Cove Club, in Hilton Head Island, S.C., is now complete. The course was designed by Pete Dye in 1981.
This project was especially significant to Bobby Weed Golf Design.
“Long Cove was my first assignment with Pete and the genesis of Bobby Weed Golf Design,” Weed said. “After having met him at Amelia Island Plantation in the mid-seventies, Long Cove was the beginning of my career in design and construction and of my nearly forty years’ relationship with Pete.
“To be back at Long Cove was very special for Bobby Weed Golf Design and to me personally.”
Alongside contractor MacCurrach Golf, Bobby Weed Golf Design commenced construction on April 20.
The scope of the project was specific and sensitive, preparing the course for the next several decades of its life. It included:
• Restoring all bunkers and native waste areas to their original limits with new drain lines, sand and coquina shell material;
• Re-grassing greens and fairways with updated turf varieties, reflecting the original color and texture contrast between fairways and roughs;
• Replacing lake connectors and drain lines throughout the golf course;
• Reconstructing wood bulkheads, carefully recreating the irregular lines and outward rusticity that distinguished the original walls;
• Repair and overlay of cart paths;
• Select tree removal and a return to the original palette of native plant landscaping.
“For me,” Weed said, “returning to Long Cove conjured up fond memories of insane hours of construction, working alongside Pete Dye every day and fashioning a course out of the Lowcountry with a passionate team of golf junkies. And doing all of this while covered in sunscreen, no-see-ums and chiggers!”
Weed affirmed that the original construction crew of the Long Cove golf course is rightfully touted as one of the most eccentric and legendary in the modern era. Weed and Dye assembled a crew of college graduates, interns and low-handicap golfers for the project. Many Long Cove alumni later embarked on their own careers in the golf design business, including Weed, Tom Doak, PB Dye, Scott Pool and Ron Farris.
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Golf at Adare Manor has been named a CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 experience as being the ‘ultimate golf experience’
Virtuoso’s ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’, Adare Manor, adds another honour in being named a CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25 experience
What do paragliding to your hotel in Oman, having breakfast in the shadows of Mount Everest and a round of golf at Adare Manor have in common? They are all considered some of the world’s most unforgettable experiences.
These are just a few of the extraordinary adventures highlighted in the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, an initiative to annually list the world’s most interesting and exciting travel experiences.
Luxury travel advisor, Chad Clark, was one of the first high-end agents to embrace the experiential travel trend. In 2014, Clark began “certifying” unique experiences he considered musts for travellers, curating a list of hotels, restaurants, tours and hands-on encounters that go well beyond the norm. The awards have also been dubbed as the travel equivalent to the Michelin guide for restaurants.
Chad Clark and other luxury travel advisors named Adare Manor to the list for being the perfect golf experience. It begins with a warm and friendly Irish welcome when you check-in, before being shown to your beautifully appointed bedroom in the historic Manor House. Venturing onto the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, you instantly appreciate the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings, whilst incorporating the very latest technological innovations to ensure year-round playability and outstanding service. Afterwards, golfers are encouraged to celebrate their day of unforgettable golf with an expertly mixed drink or beer from the bar and an exquisite meal at The Carriage House, The Golf Course at Adare Manor’s luxurious clubhouse.
Alongside Ireland’s ultimate golf experience at Adare Manor, CHAD CLARK’S CERTIFIED 25 is full of wonderfully unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This places golf at Adare Manor alongside trekking through remote and beautiful Himalayan villages, navigating Antarctica on a Russian icebreaker and a holistic immersion in the birthplace of yoga as an experience.
After being named in the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25, Adare Manor CEO, Colm Hannon, commented: “This is a wonderful recognition for Adare Manor and the game of golf itself. To be named alongside some completely unique and wonderful experiences is fantastic to see.
“For Chad Clark to describe us as ‘the perfect golf experience’ is an outstanding endorsement of our approach. We pride ourselves on the experience guests receive at Adare Manor and have taken great care to ensure all of our visitors leave with long-lasting memories.”
Chad Clark, who has been traveling for as long as he can remember, seeking out the world’s most interesting and exciting experiences, said: “We received an overwhelming number of submissions from travel providers across the globe, so it was very rewarding to unveil the very best in luxury travel through the CHAD CLARK CERTIFIED 25.
“Specifically, Adare Manor is a spectacular destination that is very worthy of being recognised as a top and luxury travel experience. Not only is the hotel and its facilities first class, but what Tom Fazio and his design team has done with the golf course is truly breath-taking. Any guests lucky enough to go to Adare Manor will definitely have the experience of a lifetime.”
To find out more about Adare Manor visit www.adaremanor.com or follow @AdareManorHotel (Facebook), @TheAdareManor (Twitter) and @TheAdareManor (Instagram).
The pedigree of Le Touquet Golf Resort, home to France’s No. 1 links course*, has been recognised in an influential ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts of Continental Europe 2018’ ranking that sees it enter the Top 20 for the first time.
Recognising the successful transformation of the historic resort, experts at Golf World Magazine said the renovation work at Le Touquet Golf Resort had ‘transformed the entire visitor experience’, and by opening up the stunning dunescape it has ‘restored its original grandeur and revealed its original personality’.
It’s position at No. 20 in the new ranking was underpinned by the exquisite restoration of La Mer (The Sea) Course, including the recovery of four of Harry Colt and Charles ‘Hugh’ Alison’s original holes lost to the dunes during WWII.
The resort has received industry-wide praise since its ambitious renovation project began in 2011 and has also culminated in the rebirth of the charming Le Manoir Hôtel as a modern, boutique establishment as well as the construction of a new, striking architect-designed clubhouse.
Laurent Boissonnas, Chief Executive Officer at Le Touquet Golf Resort, said: “It is hugely encouraging to see the wealth of positive feedback and accolades we are receiving and it also underlines the important steps we have taken to position the resort as one of Europe’s must-visit golf destinations.”
Le Touquet Golf Resort provides 45 holes of outstanding golf surrounded by a natural landscape of sand dunes, pine forests and big skies.
Only an hour’s drive from the Eurotunnel’s Calais Terminus along the A16, it is an easily accessible destination for golfers from the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as the rest of France.
In recent months it has also claimed ‘Redevelopment of the Year 2018’ from Golf Inc. in the USA, seen rises in La Mer’s position in both Golf World Magazine and Top100golfcourses.com rankings, and Le Manoir Hôtel has been voted ‘France’s Best Golf Hotel’ for the second successive year by readers of the UK’s biggest-selling golf magazine, Today’s Golfer.
* Golf World magazine (UK)
PGA Catalunya Resort underlines its position as one of the finest golf experiences in Continental Europe
PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain’s No.1 course*, continues to be recognised as one of Europe’s finest golf experiences, underlined by its rise in one of the game’s most influential rankings lists, published today.
In the newly revised Golf World Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe 2018, PGA Catalunya Resort’s rise to No.2 has been aided by the positive impact its ongoing €53 million development programme has had on the European Tour Destination.
Enhancements include a bold clubhouse refurbishment, recognised by Golf Inc magazine in the USA as ‘Clubhouse Renovation of the Year 2018’, a new Forest Adventure Park that provides thrills for all of the family, and the opening of the new LAVIDA Hotel, a contemporary, new establishment aimed at golf and activity enthusiasts.
The estate’s evolution also includes a maturing vineyard which will produce fine wines for residents and guests in the coming years, and will include the opening of a new Academy and the development of a man-made recreational lake for water sports.
David Plana, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, commented: “We continue to significantly enhance the visitor experience and it is encouraging to see the investments we are making are being so positively received by leading experts in the game, and our golf and leisure visitors from across the world.”
Nick Wright, Editor of Golf World Magazine, added: “PGA Catalunya Resort remains one of my favourite getaways in Europe. It is a pure golf retreat. With two spectacular courses and some of the best practice facilities you can find anywhere, it’s a place you can fully immerse yourself in.”
In addition to its world-class golf facilities, PGA Catalunya Resort is fast becoming one of Europe’s premier luxury lifestyle destinations, with a 300-hectare forested estate offering multiple dining options, state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities, nature walks and bike rides, offsite adventure outings and much more, located within easy reach of charming Girona, vibrant Barcelona and the stunning beaches of the Costa Brava.
* As ranked by top100golfcourses.com