Pent-up demand is being addressed, reports the ASCGA, as courses and clubs find greater financial flexibility.
The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) reports that golf course projects related to Master Planning, remodeling, design-related maintenance and playability issues have become “less anecdotal and more consistent” among the group’s membership. Members of the Brookfield, Wis.-based organization saw work with clubs and municipalities drop during the recent period of extended economic challenge, the ASCGA reports, but the recovery has also brought signs that some financial institutions are again showing greater flexibility in golf lending, and that in turn has prompted a pickup in improvement projects designed to ensure that golf courses remain fun, affordable and playable.
The ASGCA noted that its website (www.asgca.org) has posted a number of articles that cite ongoing or recently completed renovation work involving its members across North America, including:
• Green-grass reduction, decreased water usage and lower-maintenance bunkers as part of a renovation at the Newport News (Va.) Golf Club that will begin this fall.
• Renovation or Master Plan projects at three properties that were selected as recipients of ASGCA’s initial Design Excellence Recognition Program:
- Mira Vista Golf & Country Club, El Cerrito, Calif
- Phillips Park Golf Course, Aurora, Ill.
- The Eagle Course, Twin Eagles, Naples, Fla.
• A two-year restoration project at Cape Breton, Canada’s Highland Links Course in Nova Scotia, that restored many of Stanley Thompson’s original design elements and included rebuilding most of Thompson’s original bunkers, plus a considerable amount of tree clearing and green space recapture.