US architecture firm Jemsek Golf Design has completed a six month renovation project at Windermere Country Club, near Orlando in Florida.
Windermere, which was originally designed by Ward Northrup, was undergoing its first major renovation since opening in 1986. The project included greens, greenside bunkers, and the practice range tee.
“I really enjoy working on classically design courses,” said Joe Jemsek. “Windermere is a wonderful, mature layout which rewards shot makers, but it is also a course that allows golfers of all abilities to enjoy. It was a pleasure working with the professional teams from Kemper Sports, SPE GO Holdings and Country Club Services on the project.”
Since taking over the property, owner SPE has invested more than US$1m into the course. One of the biggest investments was the renovation of the green complexes. Under the direction of Jemsek, each green has been expanded, re-contoured and replanted with TifEagle bermuda. The greens are now about 20 per cent larger, allowing for more pin locations and reducing wear and tear.
Country Club Services was the contractor for the renovation project and installed new subsurface drainage and reshaped the greenside bunkers. Bunkers were redesigned to enhance aesthetic appeal and playability. Several new forward and back tees were added.
“There has been a lot of positive feedback from the members about the renovation, especially the greens,” said Jemsek. “That is great news, because Windermere is located in the heart of one of the biggest golf markets in the country and will get a lot of exposure in the next six months with tourist play and the three key golf industry shows coming to town.”