Clyde Johnston renovating his own Florida design

Clyde Johnston renovating his own Florida design

After 30 years of play, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club prepares for an update.

April 24, 2019

Thirty years after golf course architect Clyde Johnston breathed life into Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, the esteemed architect will return to Florida to bring the course back to its original aesthetics and playing conditions.

Johnston’s main charge is to restore the original contours and larger size of the greens at the Florida course, which has lost almost an acre of surface area due to encroachment and mowing patterns. He will also rebuild every bunker, while also moving, adding and removing several of them. He previously designed and oversaw the renovation of the club’s extensive practice and short game area in 2017.

Construction work has been contracted to Jacksonville-based MacCurrach Golf Construction. The course will remain open during the renovation work, with members playing on temporary greens until completion of the project this fall.

Johnston is a former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and is known for designing playable courses that place a premium on aesthetics, design balance and captivating shot values. Among his more prominent designs: Glen Dornoch Golf Links fronting the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River, S.C., and Cherry Blossom Golf Club located in Lexington, Ky.

Jacksonville Golf and Country Club is a controlled-access community and private member-owned club located near the southern edge of the most populous city in Florida and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States.