Saugahatchee course reopens following Kris Spence-led reconstruction project


Saugahatchee course reopens following Kris Spence-led reconstruction project
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The course at Saugahatchee Country Club has reopened following the completion of a reconstruction project.

The seven month project cost around US$1.2 million, and has seen the introduction of new drainage, shaping, bunkers, grass and tee boxes. The work at the course in Alabama was overseen by Kris Spence of Spence Golf Design.

The eighteen hole, par 72 course was originally designed by Ward Northrup and spans 6,752 yards from the back tees.

“We have all new, remodeled green complexes, and we’ve added a few yards to the golf course, making it a little bit longer,” said John King, PGA professional and the club’s general manager, speaking to The Corner News. “The course is more than 7,040 yards now, which will hopefully challenge our players. We’ve got some members that have been here since we’ve moved in here in 1976, and they know every little nook and cranny of this place. They’ve got some relearning to do, and I think they’re going to have to play quite a few rounds to get used to things.”

One of the most significant changes is the shifting of hole ten. The hole now lies 55 yards to the right of its original location, closer to an existing pond.

A comprehensive outline of the work Spence has carried out can be found on the Saugahatchee Country Club Website.