Bates completes major renovation of Seagate Country Club course


Bates completes major renovation of Seagate Country Club course
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A major renovation of the 18-hole course at Seagate Country Club has been completed.

Golf course architect Gene Bates was behind the project and worked alongside Jeff Sluman, a PGA Champions Tour player and Seagate club member.

Formerly the Hamlet Country Club, Seagate Hospitality Group decided to change the name to Seagate Country Club in November 2012 following its purchase of the club.

Located in Delray Beach, Florida, the course was originally designed by architect Joe Lee.

The recent project saw significant enhancements made to the course’s grasses, bunkers, tees and cart paths.

Bates and Sluman worked alongside the course’s superintendent Jesse Riddle to ensure the work met PGA standards without disrupting Joe Lee’s original design.

Celebration Grass was added to the fairways, and TIF Eagle Grass was introduced on the course’s greens. Additional yardage was added to selected holes and improvements were made to the women’stees.

The course’s bunkers were renovated and G-Angle sand was implemented. New cart paths, with synthetic stone and crushed seashells, were also introduced, as well as a new fleet of GPS golf carts.

“Joe Lee left a legacy of creating some of the greatest golf courses around the country that were challenging but fair to all golfers’ levels and skills,” said Bates. “I am very proud to have maintained the integrity of an original Joe Lee-designed golf course, while also incorporating enhancements that were not available during his time.”