Golf Course Architecture - Issue 60, April 2020

29 TEE BOX Jones nears completion of Fairview bunker renovation Rees Jones’ firm is approaching completion of a bunker renovation project at Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. Jones’ associate Greg Muirhead has led the work, alongside Fairview’s golf course superintendent Jim Pavonetti. “Fairview was one of my original golf course projects while working with my father,” said Jones, of the original 1968 design. “Our hands-on approach at that time created a timeless golf experience.” Jones returned in 2010, creating a new master plan for the course and practice facilities. Alterations made over the years had resulted in a mix of bunkers that were uncharacteristic of the classic Robert Trent Jones style. “We determined that some bunkers needed to be relocated for today’s game, or to enhance shot options, while others were only penalising shorter hitters or less-skilled players and probably should be reduced in size or removed to improve playability and the overall member experience,” said Pavonetti. The project team is restoring the original bunker style, ensuring all are properly located and constructed with state-of-the-art techniques. This phase of work will also include the re-sodding of primary rough around each green. Eventually, all primary rough will be a consistent Kentucky bluegrass blend. Total Turf Golf Services began work in October 2019 and will be completed by May 2020. Bunkers are being built with the Better Billy Bunker method. “I think the initial reaction from members following the bunker project will be a sense of amazement regarding how beautiful the renovated bunkers look and how much better they will play,” said Pavonetti. “There’s a considerable ‘wow factor’ resulting from the work.” Read GCA’ s full report on the project at Photo: Fairview Country Club