In the context of golf design, a remodel (or renovation) is a broad term referring to the improvement of an existing golf course.
Such improvements may be limited to the reconstruction of select greens and bunkers (such as our work at Nanea CC) or expanded to consider the size, shape and location of any and all features on the golf course – tees, greens, bunkers, streams, ponds, native areas, fairways, cart paths, etc. (such as our work at Scioto CC). No matter the scale of a remodel, the goal must be the same: to maximize the use and enjoyment value of the entire property within the present constraints.
At first glance, this idea of improvement may sound fantastic, until one realizes that his or her beloved course may be closed for some period of time. Minimizing down time, to include the political and financial implications, is a critical element of a proper remodeling plan. The bright side, however, is that the very word remodel, by definition, means that some of the exiting golf course will remain open for play, and to the end of minimizing disruption and highlighting the natural assets of the course, we at Hurdzan Golf Design retain as much of the original character of the existing course as practical.
For example, if new greens with improved root zone, turf cultivars and hole locations are desired, they must blend with old greens in both visual and playing quality. The same consistency must be obtained for bunker styles despite the fact new bunkers offer superior drainage and reduced maintenance, or even new tees, which must provide firm, level playing conditions yet look as if they have always been there.
These concepts are intuitive, but their execution is anything but, particularly if this blending is to be seamless both during and after the construction. Understanding the membership or management goals, the history of the course, and the nuances of past design concepts and techniques are paramount to any remodel success. Hurdzan Golf Design’s remodel experience is extensive, and has been met with high praise from critics and patrons alike. We revere classic golf courses, but we can show you they can be made better without losing the personality and charm that makes them so special.