The year-long upgrade will provide the Ashburn, Va., club with 18 acres of driving area, 71,000 sq. ft. of teeing space and nearly three acres of short game.
Belmont Country Club, part of the Toll Golf & Country Club Division, has broken ground on a year-long project to upgrade its practice facility. The project, which is scheduled to be completed at the Ashburn, Va., club on June 1, 2013, will include over 18 acres of driving area, 71,000 sq. ft. of teeing space and almost three acres of short game.
“We, along with Belmont’s members, are very excited about this project,” said Toll Golf President Dave Richey. “As part of the development rights of Belmont Country Club, the driving range also hosted the Fairfax Hunt Club regularly. Now that the hunt club has found a new and permanent home, it has given us the opportunity to improve the range.”
The short-game area will host three separate USGA-specified bentgrass greens that will be able to accommodate any shot encountered on the course. The area will allow for up, down or sidehill lies from rough or fairway.
“Our focus has always been to provide the finest golfing experience for our members and their guests,” said Belmont Country Club’s General Manager, Maurice Darbyshire. “As a club rich in tradition, we want our members to feel proud of where we’ve come from and where we are going. This initiative is the right step in that direction.”
The new range and short game area will be fully irrigated and drained, to improve summertime turf conditions. It will also a include a laser-leveled practice area that will more accurately simulate play, and 24 artificial turf mats for use during inclement weather.