Each year, Golf Inc.’s Renovation of the Year competition seeks to identify the best private and public renovated golf venues in the world. This year, the competition rewards two winners of public lessons and five winners of private lessons.
Greg Norman’s The Norman Signature course at Vidanta Nuevo in Nayarit, Mexico won first place for public course renovation. The restoration of the 27-hole course, which adjoins a river, has also helped prevent flooding in the area. It was completed in February.
“These floods have frequently caused significant damage to people in the area,” Norman said. “Since our restoration, these floods have been averted and communities have been positively impacted.”
Second place went to The Preserve at Eisenhower in Crownsville, Md.
In the private lessons category, the judges selected the BraeBurn Country Club in Houston, Texas as the top winner. Architect Tripp Davis’ redesign was completed in December 2021, bringing new diversity to the way the holes are played.
Other winners in the private club category were Guadalajara Country Club AC in Guadalajara, Mexico, second place; and San Luis Obispo Country Club in San Luis Obispo, Calif., third place. The Magnolia Golf Course at the Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia, and the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, received honorable mentions.
Judging was based on how well the project achieved the development team’s vision, as well as course aesthetics, environmental and economic sustainability, course layout, land use and improvement of playability. The winners were chosen by blind judging.
The judges were Jason Sloan, director/project manager for Frontier Golf and member of the board of directors of the Golf Course Builders Association of America; and Ron Cutlip of Cutlip Golf Design, which focuses on course design, construction and development.
For more details on the winning courses, see the full article in the latest issue of Golf Inc. magazine.
Public Renovation Course of the Year Winners
The Norman Signature Course at Vidanta Nuevo
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Owner: Vidanta Group
Architect: Greg Norman
Service provider: Construction Vidanta
“This renovation turned a natural disaster into an opportunity for the golf course to reach its full potential and shows how problem solving leads to effective design. The commitment to plan, design and undertake such a comprehensive project with so many aspects is commendable. —Jason Sloan
“The retention water features for hydrological flow control have been a significant addition to this course’s ability to enhance the golfer’s playing experience while reducing maintenance costs.” —Ron Cutlip
Owner: Anne Arundel County
Architect: Andre Green
Service provider: Wadsworth Golf Construction Co.
Private Renovation Course of the Year Winners
Brae Burn Country Club
Owner: Member owned
Architect: Tripp Davis, Trip Davis & Associates
Service provider: GreenScape Methods (GC) – Heritage Links – irrigation
“The common-sense approach to solving the design issues of each hole has led to a complete transformation of the golf course resulting in a cohesive sequence of holes that, from a design perspective, are both simplified and more strategies.” —Jason Sloan
“The grassing of this golf course along with the redesigning of the course has transformed this 1931 course into a modern gem, providing the golfer with an incredible playing experience.” —Ron Cutlip
Guadalajara Country Club AC
Architect: Alarcon Morrish Golf Course Design
Service provider: Roca Golf International
San Luis Obispo Country Club
San Luis Obispo, California
Architect: Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design
Service provider: Unlimited Landscapes
Magnolia Golf Course at Landings Club
Architect: Arnold Palmer Design Co.
Service provider: Construction Todd Godwin
Santa Rosa Golf Club and Beach
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Architect: Bergin Golf Designs
Service provider: Medal Golf