Associates is back at Green Tree Country Club in Midland, Texas, to begin
construction on the West Nine. The club’s East Nine was completed in 2022
and opened for member play Labor Day weekend.
working on the current project with golf course contractor Course Crafters.
members have found that the East Nine design requires a thoughtful approach to
playing each hole, and that the greens are challenging yet fair,” Green Tree CC
COO Wray Crippin said. “The East Nine has fantastic turf quality
and the course went from flat West Texas land to a unique golf course with
undulating fairways not commonly seen in this area. We are excited to see
what Tripp will do on the West Nine.”
now focus on redoing all tee complexes, fairways, bunkers and greens on the
West Nine. Most of the irrigation will be upgraded. Tif 419 Bermuda will
be used in the roughs and fairways, and the greens will have .007 Bent Grass.
practice facilities were also constructed last summer along with a 20,000-square-foot,
lighted putting course called The Pine.
Tree is one of the best clubs in West Texas and we are extremely proud of our
association here as the design team for two major renovations,” Davis said. “Course
Crafters is off to a good start on the West Nine with project superintendent Terry
Mausbac leading the charge and getting holes No. 1, 2, and 3 grassed before
the Christmas holidays. The design of the golf course is really starting
to pop thanks also to the talents of shaper Bill ‘Hollywood’ Willingham. It
has been a very creative project to create interest on such a flat site
reminiscent of the classic style of Australian Sand Belt courses such as Royal
Melbourne and Kingston Heath.”
Construction is expected to be complete in early summer, but the club is committed to not opening the course until it is fully ready, according to Davis’ righthand man, Kyle Downs.
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