The course at Orchard Lake Country Club in Michigan has reopened following a restoration and redesign by golf architect Keith Foster.
Foster undertook the restoration at Orchard Lake, the classic design was originally done by Harry S. Colt and Charles H. Alison of Colt & Alison, and aimed to give the course a more contemporary style.
Features of the restoration include state-of-the-art bent grass greens and large, deep bunkering. The new greens have been planted with Pure Distinction bent grass, a technologically bred grass that flourishes in hot and humid weather, ideal for the Michigan summer climate, and is designed to be resistant to most diseases that affect bent grasses.
The course’s bunkers have also seen vast changes, with Foster creating large sand-faced bunkers using the modern technologies to ensure effective drainage and sand distribution. Large areas of the course have also been converted from heavy blue grass that required maintenance, to natural, eco-friendly areas that require less maintenance.