Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, one of the finest member-owned clubs in central Ohio, has partnered with Hurdzan Golf to create a short game center worthy of the lofty stature of the club itself.
Opening for play in 1991, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. layout is a fine example of the same mind that created, most recently, the Pierce County (Washington) course of Chamber’s Bay – site of this year’s US Open Championship.
The Membership of this all-American establishment has everything they could ever want in a club, except a facility designed specifically to allow practice of all aspects of their short game. Our friend and Head PGA Teaching Pro Jimmy Logue II is particularly enthusiastic, as he will now have the resources to more intimately and comprehensively teach this element so critical to a complete golf game.
The proposed facility, nestled into an undeveloped valley bounded by water, tennis courts and the 2nd green, is a two-green design, bifurcated by an expansive, meandering sand bunker of depths ranging from 1 to 4 feet. An apron of fairway at both ends will allow the replication of every kind of aerial and ground game approach strategy found on the course, from 5 yards to 50 yards, when conditions permit.
The proposed facility will be first-class because that is the fundamental nature of Wedgewood. But, given its delightfully conspicuous location adjacent to the entrance boulevard, I can think of no superior means to a visual first impression that communicates “welcome to Wedgewood!”
Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2015, with a formal opening early in the summer of 2016.