Citing the unseasonably warm temperatures as a major factor, the extensive renovation to the course that began last fall will wrap up in time for the May 5 Opening Day Members Tournament.
The recently warm temperatures have expedited renovations at Leewood Golf Club, Eastchester, N.Y., which is now reporting that the completion date is ahead of schedule.
Originally slated for later in the spring, the course is expecting to be fully open for the May 5 Opening Day Members Tournament. The course-and-grounds staff at the property has worked worked diligently over the last six months to install a state-of-the-art irrigation system while making significant course renovations, reports the Bronxville-Easterchester Patch.
The Leewood project team—headed by Greens Chairman Norman Fell and Greens Superintendent Trapper Van Dunk—has overseen many upgrades, ranging from several new ponds and streams to two entirely new greens complexes and many new tee boxes.
The course renovation, initiated in October 2011, includes these additional improvements:
- Two new greens complexes, for Holes 15 and 18.
- More than 20 new tee boxes that will allow for a fourth set of tees, extending the length of the par-70 course to more than 6,400 yards.
- A completely new computerized irrigation system.
- A series of large ponds and streams that will allow for on-site storage of more than 1.5 million gallons of water
“The ponds, which are a critical backbone of our new irrigation system tied to our new on-site pump station, also provide incredible aesthetics benefits and expanded golf challenges,” says Alan Weiss, Leewood’s President.