Georgia Southern nears completion


Georgia Southern nears completion
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The redesign of the Georgia Southern University Golf Course is nearing completion.

Construction work on the course – at Statesboro, Georgia, USA – is complete, and the course is now in the grow-in phase. Fairways and greens are nearing their finishing point and turf has been laid on many holes. The projected public opening date is 1 October.

Formerly the site of the Southern Links Golf Course, director of golf Marten Olsson has stated that the project is more of a complete redesign than a simple renovation.

“For those who have played the old course, this will be a completely new experience,” Olsson told the Statesboro Herald. “We’ve done a lot of work on the ponds, we’ve removed some trees to alter the lines that holes will take, and we should have some nice rolling fairways throughout the course.”

Robert Walker is the architect behind the project. A graduate of Texas A&M, he started working for Club Corporation of America in 1972, with a focus on golf course construction inspection and quality control. In 1974, he joined the Arnold Palmer Organization as a design associate with Palmer Course Design Company, and worked on over 75 course projects, including work at Legend Course at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, Michigan; The Fossil Creek Golf Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the Chung Shan Golf Club near Canton, the first golf course built in the People’s Republic of China.

The Georgia Southern course is set to feature five different sets of tees, and the project will also see the construction of a full practice facility.

Capitalising on the age of technology and communication, staff at the GSU University Park have created a dedicated Twitter page, providing updates and news from the redesign project. Most recently the site informed followers that the mowing and sprigging of the course is underway.

Full details of the course layout can be found on the Georgia Southern University website.