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Golf Course Renovation Project

Abbey Springs Golf Course is planning a $2.5 million dollar golf course renovation.  Work will be led by Lohmann Quitno Golf Course Architects, who have developed a plan that is primarily aimed at completely overhauling green complexes, incorporating fairway drainage & expanding pond retention areas.  The project will begin August 2nd, 2021 and will be completed April 30th, 2022, during which time the golf course will temporarily be closed.

The renovation project is aimed at transforming the course into an ascendant & premier top-caliber golfing destination.  The scope of the project includes complete reconstruction of 16 green complexes, including greenside features & bunkers, resurfacing 3 greens, installing fairway drainage on 15 holes, regrading & expanding ponds on 5 holes, increasing quality and size of water retention areas, rebuilding 10 fairway bunkers, regrading 5 fairways, & redesigning the short game area.  
 

Below you will find the scope of work by hole.

**The color coded images below show the percentage of slope our current greens have. As you can see our greens have slopes ranging from 1% to above 6%.  Anything above 2% limits our fair pin positions and ability to increase green speed. Today’s green speeds and constructions standards dictate a slope not to exceed 2% and our new greens will be within these standards. 
 
Hole 1 Hole 2 Hole 3 Hole 4 Hole 5 Hole 6 Hole 7 Hole 8 Hole 9
Hole 10 Hole 11 Hole 12 Hole 13 Hole 14 Hole 15 Hole 16 Hole 17 Hole 18

Hole 1

1-Rebuild green, expanding at front right. Expand fairway in front of green on right.
2-Remove fairway bunker and replace with mound that can be used to bank shots into green.
3-Capture water where it enters site and pipe directly to lower pond on Hole 9.
4-Add slit drainage in wet area of fairway.
5-Shorten front of fairway and use sod in expansions.










 

Hole 2

1- Rebuild green, moving to right and closer to water. Build new
bunker front right, and expand fairway along mounds on left.
2- Relocate forward tee for better angle into green.
3- Capture water where it enters site and pipe directly to pond.
4- Remove Willows behind green.



Hole 3

1- Keep existing green structure and shape. Re-grass surface, adjusting steep pin position at back of green. Rebuild surrounds.
2- Add slit drainage throughout entire fairway.
3- Rebuild (raise) forward tees, moving forward tee to other side of swale.
4- Add new drainage in swale adjacent to pond, convert to "no-mow" where chronically wet.
5- Shorten front of fairway and use sod in expansions.



  

Hole 4

1- Rebuild green, expanding at back right. Create lower "shelves" at front and right sides of greens for greater visibility and interest. Add new bunker front right.
2- Build new fairway bunker on left into hillside to challenge lay-up shots in second landing area.
3- Fill valley to allow for widening of center part of fairway.
4- Remove trees along both sides at first landing area and widen fairway.
5- Shorten front of fairway and use sod in expansions.
6- Lower forward tee (Ash) and raise other tee (Oak), cutting hillside back for greater room and visual balance.





Hole 5

1- Rebuild green, expanding at front right. Rebuild greenside bunkers, adding new bunker on right and combining into one on left.
2- Add fairway bunker on right as "catch" and to enhance strategy from tee.
3- Fill hillside on right and create fairway hollow to better collect balls hit down right.
4- Capture water coming from treeline at left side of fairway and pipe down hill to right.
5- Remove select trees on left for more room to play from tee. Shorten front of fairway and use sod in expansions.



Hole 6

1- Rebuild green and surrounds, moving shorter toward valley and away from overhanging trees behind.
2- Remove select trees behind green to allow for more sun and less root competition.
3- *Re-establish historic pond in front of green and create a series of boulder "riffles" to slow water coming on site. Extend boulders in wall along front of green.
4- Raise bridge (and path connection) to allow more room underneath for runoff from ravine.
5- Put pond spoils in mound(s) along adjacent hill.


Hole 7

1- Rebuild green, expand towards water along front side. Rebuild green surrounds, removing small mounds and adding bunker and expanded fairway.
2- Remove tree left of green (replace with mound) and add bunker on left to setup interesting strategic options to approach to green.
3- Excavate open water area along wetland edge behind green to improve drainage and give green a peninsula effect.
4- Fill in awkward swale across fairway and add new sub-surface drain.
5- Replace left fairway bunker with "banking slope" and build two new bunkers on right further down fairway to setup tee shot. Regrade to improve drainage in fairway in this area.
6- Capture water at treeline with new sub-surface pipe, run to pond on Hole 6. Add slit drainage in fairway as needed.
7-Shorten front of fairway and use for expansions.


Hole 8

1- Core out green and rebuild with new materials in its current location, keeping irrigation while adjusting green slopes for more pinning area and rebuilding greenside bunkers.
2- Lower level of pond on left to allow for better drainage and more storm storage capacity.
3- Grade a series of drainage hollows in existing fairway swale and add sub-surface piping to drain fairway.
4- Adjust fairway closer to pond on right and expand mound(s) to get rid of pond spoils from Hole 7.
5- Shorten front of fairway and use sod in expansions. Remove Willows to open view of hole.
6- Build new back tee moving it to the right away from housing and so that it plays more over water. Lower tee and build mound in old tee location.


Hole 9

1- Core out green and rebuild with new materials in its current location, keeping irrigation while adjusting green slopes for more pinning area. Expand green at front.
2- Shorten left greenside bunker and expand fairway on left, build two new greenside bunkers in existing ridgeline on right.
3- Remove tree and build new fairway bunker on right to challenge long landing area. Add new sub-surface piping to drain low.
4- Remove existing fairway bunker and raise fairway adjacent to pond to improve drainage issues.
5- Shorten front of fairway and use sod in expansions.


Hole 10

1- Rebuild green, lowering by 4' - 5' and reducing slope in front of green. Use dirt to build "punchbowl" mounds around backside of green to be more receptive and direct shots toward putting surface.
2- Remove select trees right of green to allow for more sun and improved turf conditions. Create a series of hollows to right of green to collect runoff and improve drainage in swale.
3- Add new approach bunker on right in existing mound feature to setup second shots (aiming and strategy).
4- Add slit drainage in fairway where drainage issues exist.
5- Relocate forward tee slightly back to allow for new drainage hollow and piping in wet area where carts currently access fairway.
6- Shorten front of fairway and use for expansions.










Hole 11

1- Rebuild green, expand towards left. Eliminate low area at base of mounds behind green. Reshape mounds.
2- Move greenside bunker more into side of green and up hill to improve visibility from tee, wrap fairway around each side.
3- Remove forward tee and rebuild on right side of path for better angle into green (around bunker) and visibility from back tee.
4- Lower back tee 1' and expand right away from trees to maximize usable space.
5- Remove select trees to open up play corridor.
















 
     


 
 

 


Hole 12

1- Core out green and rebuild with new materials in its current location, keeping irrigation while adjusting green slopes for more pinning area and rebuilding greenside bunkers.
2- Improve drainage in green approach by regrading and adding sub-surface piping.
3- Shorten front of fairway and use for expansions.













Hole 13

1- Re-grass existing green (only) to match others. Raise existing grass hollows (to deep) and expand fairway roll-off behind green. Add new bunker left and shorten bunker right.
2- Remove large bunker on right, keeping only part along green. Cut mounds down along fairway for more visibility, put spoils in old bunker.
3- Rebuild left fairway bunker further up hole to challenge long landing area, pull into fairway more.
4- Fill in old bunker with mound that kicks balls toward center












Hole 14

1- Rebuild green moving to right and towards water and away from housing. Fill in corner of water and cut hillside (15 tee) to allow room for green.
2- Build mounding in location of old green to create bowl effect behind new green. Remove select trees to maximize sunlight on green.
3- Create land bridge across pond by filling in (with culverts under) and move path to right. Create shallow wetland area to right of land bridge to slow and filter runoff.
4- Adjust mound and move path to right to avoid fairway crossing (assumes addition of new land bridge). Connect fairway.
5- Lower large, awkward mound on right side fairway and push toward path to provide more landing area and to improve fairway drainage on hill.

















Hole 15

1- Rebuild green expanding on all sides to maximize size. Rebuild bunker on right, wrapping around front. Add "banking" mound at front left for long approach shots.
2- Push left fairway bunker further up hill into longer landing area and remove mound on right side to open up space.
3- Cut hillside back on right and widen fairway landing area, incorporate forward tee into new fairway. Use dirt in land bridge on Hole 14.
4- Remove select trees on right to open up play corridor.
5- Remove tee and selectively clear trees in order to place spoils  from hillside cut (see item #3) into large mounded landform creating separation from Hole 14 path.
6- See Hole 14 regarding land bridge and cut back of hillside along tees.
















Hole 16

1- Core out green and rebuild with new materials in its current location, keeping irrigation while adjusting green slopes for more pinning area and expanding slightly forward.
2- Rebuild greenside bunkers, splitting in two and adding swale between for better access to green from path.
3- Expand fairway up side of mounds at back left of green.

















Hole 17

1- Rebuild green, lowering and expanding left toward wetland and right toward treeline (remove select trees).
2- Add greenside bunker left and approach bunker right with narrow strip of fairway between to tempt going for green.
3- Widen swale at front left to better manage water and allow more walk up room from path. Remove select trees left to improve turf.
4- Excavate open water along wetland to allow green to be pushed closer.
5- Add fairway slit drainage in wet area along hillside.
6- Shorten front of fairway and use for expansions.
7- Relocate forward tee to left side of path.










Hole 18

1- Rebuild new green pushing it back and to the right along expanded pond. Remove select trees to allow. Build new greenside bunker(s) that will be highly visible from entry road.
2- Expand pond to provide more water storage and to create dramatic setting for final hole.
3-Create broad mounds behind green with pond spoils to hide parking lot and partially block view of condos.
4- Cut back and/or remove mounds on right side of fairway and replace with new fairway bunker to setup tee shot.
5- Elevate fairway in front of bunker to allow better vision of new green (along with cutting back of third mound).
6- Remove large tree on left to open up tee shot.