Renovations to be made to course at Kiva Dunes Golf Resort in Alabama


Renovations to be made to course at Kiva Dunes Golf Resort in Alabama
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A series of improvements will be made to the course at the Kiva Dunes Golf and Beach Resort near Orange Beach, Alabama.

Beginning on 7 July, the work will focus on improving playability while maintaining shot-values for more experienced players.

Existing champion turf grass will be replaced on the course’s greens with more temperate and golfer friendly Tif-eagle turf. Bunkers are to be rebuilt and each tee box will be leveled.

Rototilling will also be carried out on the course’s bermudagrass fairways. This process disposes of any organic layering under the fairway and helps improve lies and approach shots into the new greens. 

Jerry Pate’s firm, the company behind the original design, will oversee the renovations. Work is scheduled to be completed by September 2015. 

“This year we are celebrating 20 years of award winning golf at Kiva Dunes,” said developer Jim Edgemon. “As exciting as that is, and as proud as we are of the current product we provide, we felt the time was ideal to address some of the natural impacts a course on the beach experiences after 20 years of the wind and rain we are accustomed to in southern Alabama, not to mention the impacts of numerous hurricanes over the years. We’re making a statement that Kiva Dunes is here for the long haul and will continue to be recognised as one of the premier golf and beach resorts in not only the Southeast, but also the US.”