MEDIA & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION WITH BILLY HORSCHEL
On October 22, 2016, The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach unveiled its renovated golf course to members of the media and the greater Jacksonville community with PGA TOUR Professional/Plantation Member, Billy Horschel and golf course Architect, Greg Letsche. Take a look at a clip below from PGA TOUR Live and enjoy another fun video showcasing the day which was created by Plantation Member, Brian Lunsford.
The Plantation - Golf Course Media Day (2016)-HD from The Plantation on Vimeo.
GOLF COURSE RENOVATION INFORMATION
The goal of the renovation project was is to preserve the fundamental characteristics of the original design, while incorporating new technology and accommodating current trends so the course is as relevant to today’s golfers as the original course was to the golfers of the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Several key enhancements are expected to improve the overall playing experience, including:
· a greater variety of tees
· new greens built to USGA standards
· an expanded game development center
· an augmented drainage system
· a new, state-of-the-art irrigation system
· and the latest generation capillary bunker liner system
Woven in alongside these structural upgrades, is evidence of Letsche’s creativity, for which he has gained acclaim for his work as lead architect for Ernie Els design. Letsche thoughtfully and gently modified The Plantation course’s overall topography to improve drainage, enhance sight lines and create visual cues with bunkers, trees and mounding to indicate the optimal path from tee to green. In keeping with the original design philosophy, Letsche provided bail-out areas to save slightly errant shots, however the course remains unforgiving of a poorly hit attack shot which likely will end up in a penalizing bunker or the water.
GOLF COURSE FACTS
· Par 72
· 7,141 yards
· 5 tee boxes (Plus two hybrid options, forward and family tees)
· $7.0M invested
· 2,275 sprinkler heads
· 167,660 feet/31.8 miles of irrigation piping
· 130 acres of turf
· 7,837 tones of greens mix
· 7,200 feet/1.4 miles of stone bulkheads
· 110,350 square feed of bunker area
· 289 catch drainage basins
· 85,394 labor hours
Director of Golf, Nancy Maunder, a former LPGA player and award-winning golf instructor, leads a team of talented golf professionals ready to help members enjoy every round of golf. A quick stop at our Pro Shop and you’ll see the latest in golf wear and equipment. It is no wonder why The Plantation players are always dressed to the nines.
Fred Theus, Superintendent of Grounds, insures golfers beautiful surrounds and a perfectly manicured course, if not always a low scoring round. The PGA and LPGA professionals who are often in the neighborhood, frequently remark that playing a round of golf at The Plantation is akin to playing on some of the best courses they play on their respective tours.
HOLE BY HOLE BEFORE & AFTER OVERVIEW