Virginia CC #9
Adding to our work on historic courses, Virginia Country Club was recognized as “2016 Renovation of the Year” by Golf Inc, magazine. This was back-to-back Renovation of the Year awards for Origins following Brentwood Country Club in 2015. The project starting in May 2015, was completed in a record 120 days. The scope included tree removal and a complete eradication of turf on the entire property. In addition, there was a complete bunker renovation which included removing and adding bunkers to improve strategy. The complete bunker restoration/renovation re-established some of the historic strategy of the golf course as well as restoring a classic architectural look (originally dated to 1909, but redesigned in 1939 by William P. Bell and A.W. Tillinghast). All tees were renovated including adding select new tees both back and forward and a full set of tees on an alternate angle to hole #12. Further work involved the rebuilding of four greens to a new design with extensions on six additional greens to capture more interesting hole locations. Work on the green complexes also involved improving contours and tie-in’s to all other remaining greens and re-grassing of all greens to an improved Tyee/007 Bentgrass variety. Cart paths were re-routed and repaired as needed. The renovation effort saw a re-grassing of all fairways and roughs to drought tolerant Bermudagrass varieties along with the removal of over 12 acres of turf which was converted to drought tolerant landscaping. A major improvement included the removal of existing concrete ponds on hole #14, converting that area and an adjacent, always soggy turfgrass swale, to a drought tolerant natural Fescue creek feature.