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January 2016

Eagle Point GC Readies for PGA Tour in 2017

Eagle Point GC

Wilmington, NC: When the PGA Championship travels to Quail Hollow GC next year, Eagle Point GC in Wilmington, NC will play host to the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship.  This Tom Fazio, ASGCA designed facility now includes Better Billy Bunkers throughout after extensive work by Fore Front Construction in 2015.  The intimidating bunkers on this spectacular course have been tested numerous times already by intense rain events and Craig Walsh, GCSAA reports they have performed beautifully.  The eyes of the golfing world will be on Eagle Point next year and Craig and his team will be up to the challenge!

Rich Harvest Farms Completes Final Phase

    Rich Harvest Farms

 

Sugar Grove, IL: After working through a 3-year bunker plan, Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL has completed its switch to BBB.  The in-house renovation, with BBB licensed installer Hollembeak Construction providing polymer installation, will provide the members at RHF perfect bunkers no matter the weather conditions.  Jeff Vercautren, GCSAA was quick to praise his awesome staff for their work on every phase of the project.  Rich Harvest hosted the Solheim Cup in 2009 and will play host to the 2017 NCAA Division 1 National Championship.  

Southeastern Golf Completes Three Major Renovations

  The Oaks Club: Photo cortesy of golfcoursearchitecture.net

 

Florida / Maryland: Extensive renovations led by Jason Straka, ASGCA of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design kept licensed installer Southeastern Golf busy during 2015.  The Oaks Club in Osprey, FL was completely revamped to offer a more playable and enjoyable experience for the members.  Superintendent Nick Kearns, GCSAA did an excellent job of keeping his members informed of progress throughout the project.  He routinely posted drone footage (which offered some cool looks at the BBB installation process) and conducted numerous construction tours.  The Oaks Club has reopened to rave reviews.

 

  Hunt Valley GC

Straka and Southeastern were also charged with updating Hunt Valley GC in Phoenix, MD just north of Baltimore.  Reshaping and drainage work combined with the installation of Better Billy Bunkers will greet Hunt Valley members as they enter 2016.  The renovations even included a cool "two-tiered" bunker (pictured here).

 

Finally, the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL made the switch to BBB in 2015 after seeing its benefits and ease of installation from a trial in 2014.  Just shy of 150,000 s/f of bunkers were converted to BBB during an extremely quick and efficient renovation by Southeastern.

TDI at North River Yacht & Country Club

Tuscaloosa, AL: North River Yacht and Country Club recently underwent some major changes. Beginning in the early summer of 2015, superintendent Matt Devine and staff began the process of renovating the golf course.

 

Under the direction of architects Bob and Bobby Cup, certified Better Billy Bunker installer TDI International, converted the existing bent grass greens to TifEagle Bermuda and renovated approximately 60 percent of the cart paths. In addition to the new putting surfaces and design features, all  bunkers were constructed using the Better Billy Bunker Method. Bulk Aggregate's "Pro-Angle" bunker sand was chosen to compliment the new bunker system.

 

You can learn more about Matt Devine and his beautiful course by following him on Twitter at @NorthRiverTurf .

"Low Country" Benefitting from BBB

 Pictured Left to Right: Belfair, 

Chechessee Creek GC, Berkeley Hall Preserve

South Carolina: Several facilities located in South Carolina's Low Country have made or are making the switch to Better Billy Bunkers.  The second half of 2015 provided a perfect example of why the BBB method of construction is so beneficial.   Many courses were prepared for record setting rain events due to the superior drainage offered by BBB :

Pictured Left to Right: Moss Creek, Rivertowne CC, Kiawah River Course

BBB Desert Installations Continue

Gainey Ranch GC

Scottsdale, AZ - Licensed installer Golf Creations added two more complete bunker renovations to the growing list of BBB courses in Arizona.  Gainey Ranch GC completed the switch to BBB on all 120,000 s/f of bunkers as did Oro Valley Country Club in Tuscon.  The Better Billy Bunker construction method not only performs during the occasional intense desert rain event, but also eliminates contamination of bunker sand from upward migration of rocks and other materials from underneath.  Protection of expensive bunker sand has proven to be a huge money saver for facilities worldwide. 

Lookaway GC BBB Work Continues

  Lookaway GC

 

Buckingham, PA

Cold weather is not stopping the progress by Total Turf Golf Services at Lookaway Golf Club.  After BBB was installed on one hole in early 2014, the decision was made to proceed with installation on the remainder of the course.  Phase 1 was completed early in 2015 and Phase 2 began in December.  The flexibility for installation during the winter months and freezing temperatures is proving beneficial to this project.  This great facility has seen their existing Better Billy Bunkers perform during several multiple inch rain events - keeping their bunkers playable no matter the weather!

BBB Supports Regional Shows

OTF

Deep South Turf Expo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inaugural Deep South Turf Expo was the first stop on the regional show circuit for BBB.  This was followed with trips to Myrtle Beach for the Carolinas Conference / Show and to Columbus, OH for the OTF Show.  We look forward to seeing all those who will be travelling to San Diego for the GIS next month!

 

Twitter Quotes of the Month

 

 

Ongoing and Recently Completed

BBB Projects

Pinnacle CC - Rogers, AR

Empire Ranch GC - Folsom, CA

Contra Costa CC - Pleasant Hill, CA

Breckenridge GC - Breckenridge, CO

Glacier Club - Durango, CO

Innis Arden GC - Old Greenwich, CT

Brookfield CC - Roswell, GA

The Manor - Alpharetta, GA

Indian Hills GC - Marietta, GA

Ridge CC - Chicago, IL

Wichita CC - Wichita, KS

Paducah CC - Paducah, KY

Hunt Valley GC - Phoenix, MD

Caves Valley GC - Owings Mills, MD

Winterstone GC - Independence, MO

Ridgewood CC - Paramus, NJ

Morris County CC - Morristown, NJ

Navesink GC - Middletown, NJ

Rumson CC - Rumson, NJ

Due Process Stables - Colts Neck, NJ

Ashbrook GC - Scotch Plains, NJ

Sandia GC - Albuquerque, NM

Village Club of Sands Point - Sands Point, NY

North Hills CC - Manhasset, NY

Garden City GC - Garden City, NY

Quaker Ridge GC - Scarsdale, NY

Blind Brook CC - Purchase, NY

Bethpage State Park - Farmngdale, NY

CC of North Carolina - Pinehurst, NC

Jimmie Austin OU - Norman, OK

Lookaway GC - Buckingham, PA

CC of Hilton Head - Hilton Head, SC

Rivertowne CC - Charleston, SC

Richland CC - Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt Legends - Franklin, TN

Old American GC - The Colony, TX

Gleneagles CC - Plano, TX

Stonebriar CC - Frisco, TX

Cordillera Ranch - Boerne, TX

Robson Ranch - Denton, TX

Clubs of Kingwood @ Deerwood - Kingwood, TX

Stonebridge Ranch - McKinney, TX

Trophy Club CC - Trophy Club, TX

Canyon Creek GC - Richardson, TX

Stonehenge CC - Richmond, VA

Westwood GC - Vienna, VA

Princess Anne CC - Virginia Beach, VA

 

*If you'd like to see a BBB project in progress, let us know.  We can arrange a visit for you to a facility in your area!

Editor's Note

Keep an eye out in the coming months for stories on our certified installers and more BBB projects around the world. If you're interested in your course being featured, be sure to let us know.

Better Billy Bunker is committed to less maintenance, no contamination, and playable bunkers... no matter the weather! Feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information. 

 

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