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ut with the old, in with the old. It’s not the motto one
expects when renovating, well anything, let alone a
golf course. But today’s architects — particularly
some of this year’s winners of Golf Inc.’s Renovation
of the Year contest — are careful to pay homage to
legendary course designers, focusing on retaining
their visions and craftsmanship.
Forse Design restored the Country Club of Buffalo,
a Donald Ross gem that opened in 1926. That firm’s
work so impressed our judges that the project won
Best of Show.
Kenneth Moodie tackled the restoration of Moor-
town Golf Club, which Alister MacKenzie designed
in 1908. And Moodie did so rather frugally. His work
won first place for projects costing under $1 million.
But, as always, there were significant infrastructure
feats when it came to the renovations in this year’s
crowded field. The work is not just about beautifying courses. Architect Jason Straka took on flooding
challenges at Camelback Golf Club to win first place
for public courses.
And Gil Hanse took on the Blue Monster, helping Donald Trump to achieve his goal of making the
well-known course more challenging and returning
it to its former glory. That renovation has received
many honors, including one now from Golf Inc.
This year’s expert panel of judges was comprised of past winners John C.
Colligan, principal of Colligan Golf Design; Oscar Rodriguez, president of
O&J Golf Construction, and Forrest Richardson of his namesake company
Forrest Richardson & Associates.
This year’s contestants faced floods, permit problems and
other challenges. But that didn’t stop these nine courses from
BY LAIRA MARTIN