The golf course at Moraine Country Club in Dayton, Ohio is to reopen next month following a US$5 million renovation project led by architect Keith Foster.
Foster has worked alongside the club’s superintendent Jason Mahl to carry out the work, which has seen the reconstruction of every green and the regrassing of 17 fairways.
Recent work has involved finishing off the turf work on the course, topdressing the greens and tees, and aerating and vert-cutting the chipping green and chipping approach on the club’s practice facility.
The project team is also brushing greens, approaches and tees every time they mow, which helps stand the grass plants up. This helps remove lateral growing plants, and ensures the grass plant grows more upright to help produce a dense stand.
More than 2,000 trees have been removed as part of the project, helping to bring the Moraine CC course back in line with Alec Campbell’s original 1930 design. Other elements of the project included the addition of eight miles of drainage to tees, greens and wet areas of the fairways
“I’ve always found innate charm in working with classic courses,” said Foster. “The measure of my work is judged by how seamlessly the land and the course coexist. The course at Moraine was the original masterpiece of professional golfer and Scotsman Alec ‘Nipper’ Campbell. It’s home to rolling fairways and breathtaking sightlines. The alterations at Moraine accent and restore these gorgeous features.”
The course is set to reopen on 11 June.