Marzolf finishes Deer Creek project


Sean Dudley

The US$7.7 million renovation project of the Deer Creek course in Georgia is now complete. Tom Marzolf of Fazio Golf Course Designers, the original designer of the course, was in charge of the renovation at the Landings development on Skidaway Island.

The course fairways have been completely recontoured and regrassed with a newer strain of bermudagrass called Celebration, a variety that is shade and drought tolerant. Cart paths have been replaced with concrete in place of the original asphalt, while greens complexes have been completely redesigned to USGA specifications and have been grassed with TifEagle. The green collars are now TifDwarf bermuda. The greens have been reshaped to allow surrounding collection areas that feature closely mown recovery shots. In addition, the irrigation system has been completely replaced with computerised control and irrigation sprinklers.

The renovation also included the construction of five tee pods on each hole. Under this system, the course can be played anywhere from 5,136 yards from the front tees all the way up to 7,058 yards from the Championship tees. The course also has US Kids Course tee markers on each fairway, which assist younger players to play the course by providing more achievable yardages.