In late December, the move to our new house at the 10th green of the Compass Pointe Golf Club was accomplished. It took several weeks to get everything sorted out and put where it goes but the new location is great! We have a beautiful setting that faces the green of hole #10 from the back of our house and the front porch has a view of holes #11 and 12.
The spring has been very busy with many events going on. In early May, Compass Pointe hosted the first major tournament of 2017 for the Swing Thought Tour, opposite the Wells Fargo PGA event also held in the Wilmington, NC area. The Swing Thought Tour is a develomental tour sanctioned by the PGA for players who have not qualified for the Web. Com Tour or the full PGA Tour. This tour has many young golfers with a lot of talent, many of whom have become stars on the regular tour. These players are some of the top newcomers and after 4 days of play at Compass Pointe, the event was won by Christian Brand with a score of -2 for the 4 days!
That week was special to me as an architect with several things involving my work happening at once. Compass Pointe, a new course of my design hosted the Swing Thought Tour while the same week, the Champions Tour was being held at the East Course (as it used to be called) at The Woodlands, in Texas. This is a course that I worked on extensively while head of design for Robert vonHagge and Bruce Devlin and was my "home course" during my time living in Houston. That same week, the NC Golf Panel held an event on The Highlands Course at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, a course I renovated in 2011. It was a busy and gratifying week!
Next week, we will begin the renovation and complete resurfacing of the greens at Crow Creek GC in Calabash, NC. This course was opened in 2000 and was planted with L-93 bentgrass on the greens. Even though the prevailing wisdom is to resurface with one of the ultra-dwarf varieties of Bermuda grass in this region, our very careful evaluation is to keep the greens in bentgrass but use one of the newer and more advanced varieties. Given the fact that the major golf season play at Crow Creek is in the spring and fall months when bentgrass is at its best and that the longtime superintendent is very comfortable growing bent under the existing conditions, it seems to be the best choice.
The final plans for the Granville Falls Golf Learning Center in BUtner, NC have been completed and filed with the approval agencies. We hope to be able to begin work on clearing the site in a few more days. This past week, I attended the 71st annual meeting of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in Jupiter, Florida. There were over 100 architects in attendance and we were able to play some great courses. Early this week, I represented ASGCA at our annual NC Golf Day along with several other golf industry groups. We met with the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Commerce and attended a meeting of the Senate to make a presentation. It is good to be able to say that golf has strong support among many of the leaders of our state government and they understand the importance of the over $3.6 billion dollar annual economic impact of golf on the state's economy.