A multi-million dollar renovation project gets underway 1 October at the TPC River Highlands golf course near Cromwell, Connecticut.
The course was originally designed by Bobby Weed, and the architect has returned to TPC River Highlands to work alongside golf construction company McDonald and Sons on the upcoming work.
Bunkers will be rebuilt, repositioned and restyled as part of the project, with new drainage and sand also introduced to help improve the bunkers’ playability.
A new tee complex will be built on the course’s 15th hole, and a selection of tee boxes will be leveled out.
The front edges or corners of selected greens will be surgically lifted to provide an increased number of pin positions. Improvements will also be made to the course’s routing, while repair work will be carried out on a number of cart paths.
“We’re excited to get started on these updates to the course and truly look forward to the results,” said David Corrado, general manager at TPC River Highlands. “By keeping the existing layout of the course intact while focusing our enhancements on certain key components, specifically our bunkers, greens, and tee boxes, we are confident that this project will continue to separate TPC River Highlands as the premier golf course in the state.”
TPC River Highlands has hosted the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship for the past 24 years, and one element of the work will be enhancing the viewing areas for spectators during this competition.
“TPC River Highlands is already a great course and a favourite of a lot of players here on Tour,” said Kevin Streelman, winner of the 2014 Travelers Championship. “But with the enhancements that they are looking at conducting over the off-season, I think it will only strengthen the layout and provide us with an even higher quality golf course come next August. It will also be particularly exciting to see a new tee box in place on the drivable 15th hole, as that serves to ‘kick-start’ the exciting finish that 15, 16, 17, and 18 bring to TPC River Highlands – I can’t wait to see it.”