Venerable South Florida course undergoing $2.5 million renovation

Venerable South Florida course undergoing $2.5 million renovation

Brian Silva will oversee work at The Biltmore Hotel.

July 3, 2018
GCI Staff
Construction Course News
The Biltmore Hotel, a national historic landmark established in 1926 and luxury hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., announced its plans to restore its 18-hole, 71-par golf course to the original grandeur of the 1925 Donald Ross-designed Biltmore Golf Course. The $2.5 million-dollar project will commence July 5 when the golf course grounds close. The course is expected to reopen in December 2018. 
“The ultimate goal of restoring the golf course is to make the intended-Donald Ross design an authentic experience for today’s sophisticated golfer, while still allowing for the average player to enjoy this spectacular course,” says Bob Coman, director of golf at the Biltmore Hotel. 

Veteran golf course architect Brian Silva will oversee this restoration project, which will add new Bermudagrass on the existing tees, fairways and greens, incorporate new bunkers, enhance both the short-game practice as well as range areas, establish challenging signature holes, and extend the overall course length to over 7,100 yards making it worthy of championship level play. 

“The original 1925 Donald Ross course routing plan demonstrates a greater number of bunkers than now exists on the course,” Silva said. “The additional new bunkers will provide more ‘movement’ to fairways that have more twists and turns as it works its way from the tee to the green into the hole. This movement has great impact on both aesthetics as well as the strategic playing interest of the golf course. Reacting to this movement, the more accomplished players can take the risky route to shorten the distance from tee to green; which is the ultimate litmus test for a good golf course. And, such a course will maintain the playing interest of the accomplished player while still being entirely manageable for the leisurely player.”

The Biltmore golf course hosted the PGA Tour’s Miami Biltmore/Coral Gables Open Invitational from 1931-37 and 1959-62.