By Design - Fall 2019

DIGEST 7 Renovation LaFoy completes East course renovation at CC Birmingham A SGCA Past President John LaFoy has completed a renovation of the East course and the practice facilities at the Country Club of Birmingham in Mountain Brook, Alabama. “It was important to re-frame this venue to accommodate every group that played the course, utilising one scorecard with every hole the same par for both men and women,” said LaFoy. “This included paying attention to forced carries and ensuring that the shots required from each set of tees did not exceed the capabilities of the players.” A six-tee system was put into place using most of the existing tees and adding 28 more. Most were forward tees, although several were back tees, stretching the course out for the better players. All bunkers have been rebuilt using Better Billy Bunker. Completed in spring 2019, the course has been growing-in over the summer. Work finished up in spring 2019 and the course has been growing-in since Rosewood CordeValle reopens following greens renovation T he golf course at the Rosewood CordeValle resort in San Martin, California, has reopened following a renovation project overseen by ASGCA Past President Bruce Charlton of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects. The project included the resurfacing of all green complexes, re-levelling the driving range and tees, and the use of a higher quality turf. “We are thrilled to unveil the updated course, which includes careful landscaping and the installation of premium quality turf that has restored the course to its original glory from its inauguration in 1999,” said Charlton. Renovation Photo: Rosewood CordeValle Photo: Sigmon Taylor Photography Environmental Excellence Awards A SGCA has announced seven recipients of its first-ever Environmental Excellence wards. The program, presented by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, recognizes the innovative work being done at golf facilities to address the needs of the environment, where golf course architects work with course owners and operators to make a positive impact on the game and the host community. “The response to this program in its first year has been tremendous,” said ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan. “Congratulations to each of these facilities and the golf course architects for their work in improving the environmental landscape and helping facilities be more sustainable and profitable.” The recognized courses are: •City Park Golf Course, Denver— Todd Schoeder, ASGCA •Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne, Florida—ASGCA Past President John Sanford •Los Robles Greens Golf Course, Thousand Oaks, California—Dana Fry, ASGCA/Jason Straka, ASGCA •Roosevelt Golf Course, Los Angeles —Forrest Richardson, ASGCA •The Preserve at Oak Meadows, Addison, Illinois—ASGCA Past President Greg Martin •The Refuge Golf Course, Flowood, Mississippi—Nathan Crace, ASGCA •WillowOaks Country Club, Richmond, Virginia—Lester George, ASGCA. 2019 submissions were reviewed by golf and environmental leaders, including representatives of Audubon International, GEO Foundation, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and National Golf Course Owners Association. More information on each of these projects will be provided in a future issue of By Design . ASGCA debuts environmental awards