Fry/Straka completes renovation project at Hunt Valley Golf Club


Fry/Straka completes renovation project at Hunt Valley Golf Club
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design has completed a renovation project at the Hunt Valley Golf Club in Phoenix, Maryland.

Work got underway on the club’s red and white nines back in October 2015, with the goal of improving the strategy and shot value of the holes. Other aims included enhancing the course’s playability, maintenance and overall aesthetic.

A number of bunkers were redesigned and selected trees were removed to help open up some of the holes.

“While planning the redesign of the bunkers, we determined to not only reduce their total area, but to seize the opportunity to significantly improve the surface and subsurface drainage around them as well,” said Jason Straka. “Golfers may not readily see the drainage improvements, but they will notice improved conditioning and playability as a result of them.”

The project was completed last month, with the course remaining open throughout the work.

The construction element of the project was carried out by Southeastern Golf, working alongside Fry/Straka and the club’s owners and operators, Arcis Golf.

“It was a pleasure working in partnership with Arcis Golf and the outstanding team of professionals selected to bring the project to fruition,” said Straka. “Southeastern Golf, a certified golf course builder by the Golf Course Builders Association of America, did a fantastic job and were very flexible meeting deadlines. In addition, golf course superintendent Steve Lutz was excellent to work with and served a vital role as the ‘eyes and ears on the ground’ throughout the project.”