The end of the year seems a good time to express gratitude and also indulge in a little introspection.
To our clients, past and present, and to our many industry friends and partners, we thank you for the opportunity to work with you. It’s been a year filled with great professional relationships, yielding significant results. The value of having a common purpose cannot be overestimated. Together we work to keep the game of golf alive and well.
|Rees Jones speaks with Golf Channel's Matt Ginella about the changes to Hazeltine National Golf Club.|
It has been a year of diversified projects and we have accomplished a lot. There have been big jobs and small jobs. Both are important, both are rewarding, and for both our overall goal is the same: to assist our clients in reaching their goals of adding players, increasing pace of play, lowering maintenance costs and to make playing the game of golf fun.
|Site visit at Medinah Country Club (Course #2)|
Left to Right: Steve Weisser, Dane Wilson, Rees Jones, Mike Crance, Curtis Tyrell, Rocco Palmi and Blue Kelly
|Steve Weisser and Rees Jones with members of Echo Lake Country Club.|
There is a lot of remodeling going on in golf course architecture. We have done specific course assessments for a variety of reasons, and bunker evaluations top the list. Improved construction techniques provide more efficient maintenance and better playability. Often we also relocate, shrink, or eliminate existing bunkers, especially around the greens. As for greens, many clubs want to restore the surface to the original size or to modify the contours for increased speeds. Evaluating mowing patterns have also become a part of our assessments. Installing better drainage, changing grasses, or upgrading practice facilities are additional aspects to our master plans for clients looking to update and improve their courses.
| Rees Jones reviews the economics of golf design and the impact of the recession.|
Many clients are also interested in implementing forward tee programs, to attract and keep more golfers. This is a good place to mention an exciting new initiative being championed by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation and the American Society of Golf Course Architects Foundation. Called the “Longleaf Tee System”, the program “scales” a golf course in order to create a gender neutral, skill-based tee location system that enables golfers of all ages and abilities to play the course from a length that will allow them to reach more greens in regulation, complete their rounds in less time, and have a more enjoyable experience. The benefits should be very appealing to our clients everywhere.
|Founder of U.S. Kids Golf Dan Van Horn and Rees Jones discuss the Longleaf Tee System.|
Golf is a great way to spend time with your friends, so get out there and play! And take your kids and grandkids!!
Wishing you all a happy Holiday Season and a prosperous and fulfilling 2017!
|Playa Grande Golf Club Hole No. 16|