New course to be built at Selva Marina


New course to be built at Selva Marina
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Construction of a major new golf course at the Selva Marina Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Florida, is set to begin later this year.

Replacing the existing course at the site, the Erik Larsen-designed 6,815 yard, par 71 championship course is due to be opened in October 2014. The club will also change its name to Atlantic Beach Country Club when reopened.

Formerly president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Larsen’s layout portfolio includes Deacon's Lodge, Minnesota, Running Y Ranch, Oregon, and Links at Kuilima, Oahu, Hawaii.

Led by development professionals Rick and Susie Wood, Atlantic Beach Partners is the group behind the project.

A members-only meeting took place on 15 August, with over 400 people turning out to examine and discuss the project plans.

The course once hosted the Great Jacksonville Open, which later became the Players Championship, but saw a period of degeneration before the recent project began.

Extra land was found within the course and has been sold for housing, allowing the club and the Atlantic Beach Partners to re-plan and re-finance in order to make the improvements.

Larsen told GCA that construction work should start in December, and would be a ‘complete redo.’