Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

Tee Box 20   Golf Course Architecture The Sunset course at Mirasol Golf and Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is to reopen by the end of October following a renovation by golf course architect Drew Rogers. The primary purpose of the project has been to improve the ageing infrastructure of the course, which opened in 2001 and hosted the PGA Tour’s 2003 Honda Classic. The club returned to Rogers, who led the original design of the Florida layout while working for Arthur Hills’ firm. “The project scope initially entailed bunker and tee reconstruction, along with fairway turf conversion from TifSport to Celebration bermudagrass,” said Rogers. “Over time, studies on course playability resulted in teeing area refinements, reduction and repositioning of bunkers, some light-to-moderate earthworks, drainage and path replacements. “I hate to single out any one or even several holes as ‘standing above the rest’ simply because we have quite literally ‘touched’ all of them in some way. Some treatments are certainly more subtle while others are more visually and immediately impacting, all with the intent to refine certain elements in such a way that playability is greatly improved, but without significant impact to the original design intent. That can be seen by way of tee locations, bunker positions, development of bailout areas and recovery areas. “We’ve also made quite an effort to improve the overall aesthetics throughout the course by removing exotic and invasive species and simplifying the overall landscape treatment,” said Rogers. “The course is now, without question, more appealing to the eye. And we’ve addressed a number of maintenance and construction challenges by shoring up steep lake slopes with stack cap stone walls, conversion from turf to landscape and an overall smaller footprint of maintained turf. “The intent of the original design certainly remains intact, although it has been refined in favour of enhanced member enjoyment and inspired playing options that did not exist before,” said Rogers. Mirasol’s renovated Sunset course to reopen Drew Rogers returned to Mirasol to update ageing infrastructure and improve playability Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club in Hong Kong has completely redesigned its driving range, with the help of design firm TP Golf, synthetic turf specialists Southwest Greens Construction and construction firm Linksshape. The range’s feature lake was redesigned and expanded to enhance the practice experience, while also increasing the capacity of water that can be stored for irrigation. Seven target greens have been tucked within the winding lake, each featuring the Southwest Greens PRO System of synthetic turf. “Being able to feature our top product on a high-level range such as this creates a satisfying feeling, both because we get to be part of a beautiful renovation, and because we know the members are going to experience the performance of the greens as they hit balls to them,” said Kevin Holinaty, president of Southwest Greens Construction. “We undertook the project at the heart of the rain season in Hong Kong, which always creates construction challenges,” said Andy Durie, project manager of Linksshape. “Typhoon Mangkhut hit the club pretty hard but luckily and thankfully there was no damage sustained to the driving range area, except for a few minor repairs. We are very pleased with how the project went.” Peter Downie, the club’s director of golf and general manager said: “Not only have we solved irrigation capacity with the new lake, we are extremely satisfied with the end result.” The range was completed in time for the Clearwater Bay Open, a PGA Tour Series China event, held from 11-14 October. Clearwater Bay completes range redesign Photo: Drew Rogers Photo: Southwest Greens Construction