Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

Tee Box “It all started with this vision to return to their roots” What has your work at Inverness Club involved? The project began as a bunker renovation but evolved after I showed them how we could reintroduce the original Donald Ross vision of holes six, seven, eight, and thirteen, without closing the course. We did this by building new holes along the southern end of the property that was previously a farm field. I made the new third a long par three that represented the original Ross eighth. The new par-four fourth used inspired concepts from the original seventh. And the new par-three fifth was modelled after the original par-three thirteenth. We continued the theme with a new eighth green that mimicked the strategy of the original short par-four sixth. To make it all tie together, we also pushed the second green back 100 yards to a natural high point. That green was replicated using lasered survey information, restoring the feel of the Ross bunkers from the 1920 and 1931 US Opens, which helped to pull the entire course together. It also allowed us to reclaim some critical green area. What were the major challenges? The two biggest challenges of the project were the weather over the winter and limiting the impact on the membership. The weather over the winter just slowed our final work. The club had been able to do some project work during past winters, but the cold temperatures just did not provide that opportunity this time around. This meant that the final three holes of bunkers had to be done in spring 2018. It also reduced our ability to complete the final green expansions. This is primarily on eleven, fourteen, and seventeen. We will get that work done, but it will likely have to wait until after the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2019. Keeping the course open and reducing the impact to the membership was a challenge, but I think the entire team embraced the moment and what we were asked to do. We created something special and did not sacrifice our product or cause the club any loss of revenue. That was huge for everyone. I think the membership enjoyed seeing and showing their guests the progress we made. In 1916, Donald Ross was hired by Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. His layout opened for play in 1919 and, the following year, hosted the US Open. Almost 100 years on, Andrew Green has completed a project to reintroduce elements of Ross’s original vision THE INTERVIEW 18   Golf Course Architecture Andrew Green referenced historical photography for his project to reintroduce Donald Ross design intent at Inverness Club Photo: Andrew Green