Tiburón Golf Club's Black Course reopens following seven-month renovation

Tiburón Golf Club's Black Course reopens following seven-month renovation

Director of agronomy Jeff Cathey worked closely with Greg Norman Golf Design on enhancements.

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January 9, 2018
GCI Staff
Construction Course News
Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples’ Black Course reopened last month after a seven-month renovation project. The project was led by the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team and Tiburón Golf Club’s director of agronomy Jeff Cathey. The Greg Norman-designed Black Course originally opened for play in 2001.

During the seven-month project, Tiburón’s Black Course underwent extensive greens, turf, irrigation and bunker renovations. Green surrounds and approaches were reconfigured to create more strategic shot options for players and were also re-grassed with Celebration Bermudagrass. Greens are now TifEagle. In addition to the renovation work, Tiburón Golf Club and all of Southwest Florida endured 142 mile per hour winds during Hurricane Irma in early September. Damage from the powerful storm delayed the reopening of the Black Course by only a few days.

As part of the renovation project, family tees were added, giving members and guests with children another option to play the course at approximately 4,000 yards. With the addition of the family tees, golfers now have six tee options ranging from 4,000 to 6,949 yards.

“We are thrilled with newly remastered Black Course at Tiburón,” said Kevin DeDonato, PGA, general manager, Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. “Hats off to the Greg Norman Design Team, Jeff Cathey and the construction crews for a job well done. They were tested by Mother Nature with Hurricane Irma and persevered. The result of their efforts is a spectacular layout with outstanding playing conditions.”

Tiburón Golf Club’s Gold Course underwent a similar renovation in 2016 that was also led by the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team. During the Gold Course renovation, crews reconstructed many of the original stacked sod wall bunkers with a striking new synthetic sod wall bunker system by Durabunker. Tiburón is the first LPGA and PGA TOUR venue to use the new Durabunker product. Durabunker will not be used on the new Black Course as bunker faces will be lowered with a more gradual pitch, creating a distinct look between the two courses.

Tiburón, which is Spanish for shark, is home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout. The CME Group Tour Championship has been hosted at Tiburón since 2013 and the Shootout has been played at Tiburón since 2001.