Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

29 Legacy course at Forest City opens for play in Malaysia The Legacy course at Forest City Golf Resort in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, has opened for play. The course, designed by Nicklaus Design, is the first of three layouts to be built at the new resort. The golf resort is part of the huge Forest City development, a US$100 billion real estate project on 30 square kilometres of land, including reclaimed islands in the straits between Malaysia and Singapore. The project is a joint venture between China-based development company Country Garden Pacificview and Esplanade Danga 88, an investment company owned by the Johor State Government. The venture includes the planned construction of housing and associated facilities for 700,000 people. The new golf course is located among mangrove forest on the Pulai River. “The golf area was low lying, so needed to be elevated out of the tidal fluctuation zone,” said Sean Quinn, design associate at Nicklaus Design. “Dredged ocean sand was imported from a shipping channel some 200 kilometres away. Over 2.5 million cubic metres of sand were used to create the course. The imported ocean sand remains unirrigated, so the sandy waste areas create separation of individual holes. “The mangrove trees have been carefully preserved,” said Quinn. “Coconut palms were also planted throughout the course. The river surrounds the entire property but the mangroves visually obscure the views. The river is however visible from holes four and fifteen. “There is one notable natural landform on the property – a ‘sacred hill’ – 25 metres high and has been used as a focal point to start and finish the course. Both holes nine and eighteen use the hill as a backdrop to the finishing greens.” Photo: Nicklaus Design The Legacy course opened for play in September 2018. The opening event included a groundbreaking ceremony for the second and third courses Photo: Eric Iverson Renaissance in progress with Washington G&CC renovation Golf course architect Eric Iverson of Renaissance Golf Design is in progress with a project to renovate and regrass the entire course at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Iversen describes the project as more renovation than restoration. “The course evolved from a Donald Ross design on a surprisingly small amount of land, with lots of very short holes taking advantage, or yielding to, pretty severe topography,” he explained. “It was later expanded by William Flynn, with an additional 40 acres purchased by the club. That course remained essentially intact into the 50s, but at some point soon thereafter, Flynn’s version began to be undone by numerous renovations by the club. “Many of the changes make it impossible to put the Flynn course back in its entirety, but the photos and aerial map of his course is our first point of reference when rebuilding the holes. We are not married to what we know to be his, because so much of the rest has been changed beyond recovery, but we are giving a nod to his style in building greens and bunkers. “The entire property is being re-grassed, with new greens, tees and bunkers,” said Iverson. “There are a couple of routing changes involved to remedy what was clearly the worst hole on the course, the former par-five fifteenth. “The real standout feature of the course is the topography. It’s a short course, somewhere between 6,300 and 6,400 yards even after we’ve stretched it out but configured in a way that makes it play much longer than that. It’s also pretty snug, but the hillsides keep wayward shots in check. It’s a short, very sporty course that we think will be even more fun once we’re done.” The Washington G&CC course closed in June 2018, with grassing expected to be completed by autumn ahead of a reopening in summer 2019 New bunkers at Friendly Hills in Los Angeles have been designed to create a bold visual impact