Undergoing a major renovation project by notable Naples golf course architect Gordy Lewis, Eagle Creek Golf & Country Club is all set to host golf enthusiasts from across the world. The reopening of its golf course after scheduled Summer renovations and Hurricane Irma damage delayed its original opening date. “We started the Summer in renovation mode, then a few months later we were in full recovery mode once Irma hit.” stated Jimmy Alston, Eagle Creek Golf Course Superintendent.
The course enhancement project started on May 15th with a projected opening date of mid-October. “Then Irma hit, and we had over 1,500 trees down on the golf course and opening was pushed back to November 15th.” stated Alston. With Eagle Creek being nestled within 300 wooded acres of Cypress, Pine and Palm Trees, there was no question that Eagle Creek would have damage, but how extensive was unclear.
The renovations that were completed used multiple turf grass species, which is a unique and rarely utilised approach to turf grass management. Installation of major drainage systems, renovation of bunkers and a focus of high impact areas with reshaping of landing areas on the fairways and approaches before the greens were done. Over 50 acres of rough were replaced using Celebration grass in addition to cart path work and pitched bunkers.