Casper takes on Delaware muni


Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Management company Billy Casper Golf has taken over Delaware municipal course Ed Oliver Golf Club on a long-term lease and is investing more than US$1 million in a capital enhancements programme for the course.

Major work will include bunker renovations, tree pruning, and new signage, tee and yardage markers.

“We hold tremendous trust in Billy Casper Golf revitalising Ed Oliver Golf Club,” said James Baker, Mayor of the City of Wilmington. “It's gratifying to provide the community with yet another top-tier public-access recreational outlet.” Last year the company leased Rock Manor Golf Course from the city.

”Ed Oliver Golf Club is legendary among local golfers," said Billy Casper CEO Peter Hill. “We're ecstatic to commit a heavy dose of resources and 'shoe polish' to its enjoyable course routing and historic clubhouse.”

Located on the original site of Wilmington Country Club, Ed Oliver Golf Club was originally designed by transplanted Englishman Wilfried Reid. The course was redesigned by Alfred Tull and finally, in 1971, by Ed Ault. The 6,115-yard layout retains only a century-old chimney on the eighteenth hole from the original design.