Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

17 Jacksonville Beach course reopens following renovation Jacksonville Beach Golf Club in Florida has reopened this month, following a renovation by golf course architect Harrison Minchew. The municipal course is operated by the City of Jacksonville Beach. The goals of the renovation project were to attract more rounds and make the facility an economically viable golf and entertainment venue. Minchew has added tees to make the course play fairly for golfers of differing abilities. He said: “If a scratch player would have a 155- yard eight-iron to the green after a 260-yard drive, then there is a tee for a shorter hitter that, after a 190-yard drive, will have a 120- yard eight-iron shot. This concept was used in relocating all tee areas. The course can be set up so the higher handicap and shorter- hitting players can use a similar approach club as a scratch player playing the back tees. “We eliminated several forced carries over water hazards that only impeded play for higher handicap players,” said Minchew. “All green sites have been totally redesigned with expansive apron areas to promote a variety of short game options from chipping to putting.” According to Minchew, the final three holes are essentially new holes. “The finish of the course will be very memorable.” Regnum G&CC opens new course in Bodrum Regnum Golf and Country Club has officially opened its Tim Lobb- designed course – the first full eighteen in the resort area of Bodrum in Turkey. “The property is rather hilly and, at 1,450 acres, rather spread out, with lots of long views of forests, valleys and hills,” said Lobb. Nicklaus Design’s first course in Morocco opens for play Michlifen Golf and Country Club in Ifrane, Morocco, is open for play. The course is in the Middle Atlas Mountains and officially opened with the La Coupe du Trône 2018. “My team and I are pleased to have worked alongside many great people throughout this design and proud that Michlifen represents our first course in Morocco,” said Jack Nicklaus. Golfplan adds nine holes to complete Serena resort course in Uganda Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa in Uganda, has completed a second nine holes on its golf course, designed by Kevin Ramsey of Golfplan. “The key feature of the entire site is the proximity and view to Lake Victoria. Visible on all holes and in play on three including both finishing holes,” said Ramsey. Photo: Regnum Golf and Country Club Photo: IMG Golf Course Services Photo: Daniel Halasz Photo: Harrison Minchew New Jeffrey Brauer layout opens at Tempest Golf Club Tempest Golf Club in Gladewater, Texas, has opened for play, following golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer’s complete renovation of the former Southern Hills layout. Brauer was hired by owner Joe Bruno, a New Orleans-based attorney. “The project had over 100 acres of land reserved for residential, off-golf lots,” said Brauer. “I saw the potential to put some great holes up there, with lots looking down, increasing real estate value by millions, but also providing six new holes that all fit the land very well. “We decided to go big or go home, since it had to be a great course to draw golfers from surrounding cities such as Houston, Dallas and Shreveport,” said Brauer. “We ended up with a brand new course, with 12 completely rebuilt holes and only six left in their original corridors.” According to Brauer, one of the unused features of the land was a lake just across the road from the existing course. He created a ‘cape’ tee shot on the eleventh and parallel sixteenth holes. The twelfth is a par three that plays over the steep banked tributary leading into the lake. “Eleven and twelve are usually touted as the signature holes,” said Brauer. Photo: Hugh Hargraves