Troon Country Club’s Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course is currently undergoing a $4.6 million renovation. Weiskopf, and design consultant Phil Smith, are overseeing the project while Heritage Links golf course construction company is the contractor. The project launched on April 20 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2020.
“This renovation project is the culmination of over two years of work by our board, committees and consultants,” said Garrett Wallace, general manager, Troon Country Club. “We are excited that it is now underway. And, despite the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 crisis, the club expanded the scope of the project to touch every aspect of the course.”
As part of the renovation, greens will be resurfaced with A-4 bentgrass, tees will be leveled and several new forward tees added. Tee boxes, fairways and rough will be re-grassed with Tifway 419 Bermudagrass. Bunkers will be modified (some eliminated), reshaped and rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. The new bunkers will be filled with Caltega bunker sand.
The club’s irrigation system will also be updated, including all new high-density polyethylene mainline and lateral piping, new Rainbird IC system sprinkler heads with central control, and a new WaterTronics pump station. The ultra-efficient irrigation system allows crews to individually control each sprinkler head on the golf course assisting in the club’s water conservation efforts.
Weiskopf and Smith are also making design modifications to enhance playability, accentuate site lines and assist in course maintenance. All irrigation system, bunker and re-grassing work will be complete by early August and greens will be seeded by Labor Day.
Troon Country Club opened for play in 1986. Aside from a few minor course projects, the original layout has remained largely unchanged.
“When Troon Country Club opened it was ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the world,” Wallace said. “With the support of our members and Tom Weiskopf’s continued vision, we believe this project will once again place the course among the elite courses in the world.”
The golf course renovation comes on the heels of Troon Country Club’s $7.5 million clubhouse expansion and renovation completed in January 2018. Douglas Fredrikson Architects of Phoenix oversaw the project which gave the clubhouse a new, modern look featuring a 9,000 square feet wellness center on the newly added second floor of the building.