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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.

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After nearly 23 years of living in Cary, NC, I have relocated to the small town of Leland, just outside historic Wilmington. Actually, I am living in a rented condominium near the clubhouse at the Magnolia Greens development while our new home is being built at the Compass Pointe development. We purchased a lot overlooking the 10th green of the Compass Pointe GC and construction is set to begin next week. If things go as planned, we will be able to move in around Christmas but we expect it will be after January 1st. It is exciting to move to a new place but also difficult to leave the many long-time friends we have in Cary. The good news is that many of them will come to see us here when it gets cold in Cary and it is only a 2-hour drive. We also look forward to making new friends as we get to know people here.
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At long last, the new Compass Pointe golf course in Leland, NC has opened!  The course was available for play by the residents of the development on June 14 and 15, for members on the 16th and a Grand Opening event was held on the 17th.  Bobby Harrelson, owner and developer of the course officially cut the ribbon and opened the course for play by everyone.  As of this writing, the course has been very well recieved as the web site comments on the golf media behalf and those of the residents of the Compass Pointe development will attest.  Being the first new 18-hole course opened in the state of NC in over 6 years, it is an exciting event.  It was very good to see the excitement created on the 2nd day of play when the club held a par 3 scramble tournament from the Family Tees for 83 members.  

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Recent domestic projects have been moving forward at a steady pace this winter.  The grow-in process at Compass Pointe in Leland, NC continues as the superintendent, Marty Walker, gets the new 18-hole course ready for a grand opening in May.  With a few weeks of warm weather, the new turf will begin to turn green once again and the course will be in great shape for everyone to see what the first new course in the region in years is really like.  This week, 125 new palm trees are being planted in key areas of the course, especially around the newly completed short-game area.

Speaking of new short-game practice areas, we have been working with Devils Ridge GC in Holly Springs to rearrange their facilities in order to create more inclusive features.  Some shifts are proposed to be made to the existing range tees that will give us space to build a chipping green, a sand practice bunker and green, new artificial turf tees, a "waiting green" and a set of tees and target green for practicing 35 - 70 yard pitch shots.  The plans have been drawn and the permit process with the Town is under way.  The facilities should be completed by May and ready for use by late June.

The proposed new driving range for the site in Butner, NC is also proceeding well.  The owners have received unanimous approval from the Town of Butner for re-zoning the property and to approve the "Special Use" permit for practice range construction.  The purchase of the property is scheduled to close by the end of March and construction should proceed soon thereafter.

Renovation of the bunkers at Magnolia Greens Golf Club in Leland, NC (sister course to Compass Pointe) is moving ahead at a good pace.  Changes have been made to holes #3 & #8 of the Magnolia Course already and the contractor will begin reworking holes #1 & #6 of the Camellia Course later this week.  The program is intended to make the bunker maintenance more cost effective and make the course play better for the many retiree members.  The management and owner of Magnolia Greens are committed to significant renovations to the entire 27-hole layout over the next several years. 

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