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Events in the fall of 2015

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A lot of things have been happening recently with more to come.  Below are some highlights of recent events and some future plans as well:

  • The golf course at Compass Pointe in Leland, NC is now finished and is in the final stages of grow-in.  The greens are in great shape already and fairways are not far behind.  The course will be allowed to mature over the winter and will be set to open in the spring of 2016.  Meanwhile, the staff will be doing final completion items such as clearing small brush out of the roughs, removing all construction debris and generally clearing the site of all remaining trash and undergrowth.  This course will demonstrate the type of design that will reduce the use of irrigation water due to limiting the area of active maintenance by the use of waste areas, wetlands and native grass areas.
  • The owner of the Compass Pointe project has recently purchased the 27-hole Magnolia Greens Golf Course, located only a few miles from Compass Pointe.  We are already engaged in providing consultation on a renovation program to bring each of the 3 nine hole courses up to the same standards as Compass Pointe over the next several years.
  • Rick recently returned from attending a Golf Study Tour sponsored by The Toro Company and attended by over 70 golf course designers from the US, Europe and Australia.  These periodic Study Tours are held to allow for learning about different types of courses in different regions and has added significantly to the education of those who attend.  This tour was held in England with Sunningdale New Course, The Red Course at The Berkshires, Royal St. George and Royal Cinque Ports as venues for study.  The courses are all historic and demonstrated the best of "Heathland" and "Linksland" style golf design.
  • In late October, Rick will join several other noted golf industry members in speaking at the Golf Water Forum in Shenzhen, China.  This conference is sponsored by Forward Golf Management Group and will address the issues and solutions to how golf facilities can be designed to reduce the use and improve the quality of water resources.
  • While in China on this visit, Rick will visit his newly completed renovation of the Yinhong #6 Course in Beijing and also visit 2 new projects.  Interest in new jobs in China is still quite high and we are all waiting eagerly for the Central Government to produce the regulations and direction for construction of courses.
  • Recently, Rick visited the project at Echo Valley in Des Moines, Iowa.  He added 9 holes to an existing 18-hole course that was built in the 1960's.  Some renovation work has been done to one of the original 9's and now the owner is considering a complete renovation of the 3rd nine holes to solve flooding issues and bring it up to modern standards.  We should begin planning and design this winter and begin work next summer.
  • In an effort to stay involved with past designs, Rick visited 3 courses this month that have been opened for 10 years or more. Royal St. Patricks and Horseshoe Bay G.C. are both near Green Bay, Wisconsin and The Tribute at The Otsego Club is in Gaylord, Michigan.  Rick met with the owners and the staff to review any items that affect the design intent or ability to properly maintain the courses.  It was great to return to all 3 courses and see that they were all being well taken care of and that the owners are still pleased with the results.
  • Rick's consulting work at Blowing Rock Country Club has contributed to the club and NCDOT reaching a settlement for damages from highway widening that is, according to the attorney for the club, "over 50 times the amount that was proposed by the state".  Rick is happy to have assisted in getting what is a fair settlement that will allow the club to repair the damages from the construction work.
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