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If there’s one theme in this year’s Golf
Inc.’s Renovation of the Year contest, that’s
Owners and operators of a number of
older, tired golf courses sought to bring
them back to glory. They had gold, and
they knew it, even if years of tarnish had
made it hard to see — and play through.
Take Bacon Park Golf Course in
Savannah, Ga., as an example. A Donald
Ross-designed course that opened in
1926, it had become a mess. Over the
years, nine holes were added to the original 18, so Ross’ course got jumbled in that
As part of the renovation, the original
Ross course was painstakingly restored in
a move one of our judges called “the work
of a genius team.”
Bacon Park tied for best of show and
first place in our public course category
with Keney Park Golf Course in Windsor,
Conn. The deadlock is a first for our
annual competition. Keney Park went
through a similar labor of renovation love.
Its course dates back to the 1920s as well,
and the city of Hartford wanted to return
it to its golden-age heyday.
Why the trend?
As one golfer at Bacon Park noted,
“Like uncovering a masterpiece, Bacon
Park is on the verge of being fully re-born.
Donald Ross would be so pleased.”
Right. You don’t paint over a Rembrandt.
Renovation of the Year 2016
This year, a number of classic courses, including some long-ignored, got makeovers.
BY MIKE STETZ
Forest Richardson, owner of Forest
Richardson & Associates - Golf Course
Architects. He’s a former winner of a
Renovation of the Year project.
Frank Benzakour, general manager and
operator of the Village Club of Sands Point in
Sands Point, N. Y. He has more 20 years in the
Michelle F. Tanzer is an attorney at the
Florida-based firm of Gray Robinson. She
provides legal representation for clubs during
their renovation processes.
Oscar Rodriguez is vice president of
Heritage Links. He has a distinguished
background in golf construction
MEET THE JUDGES: