The Robert Trent Jones Sr designed course at Lyman Orchards in Connecticut has reopened after a six month, US$2 million renovation carried out by design firm Mungeam Cornish.
The project included a new irrigation system, the renovation of the existing bunkers, and addition of others, and improved drainage. The club is managed by Billy Casper Golf and also has another course designed by Gary Player’s firm..
“The Lyman family has always displayed a steadfast commitment to reinvesting in its golf courses to remain competitive in this ever-changing golf environment,” says Steve Ciskowski, president and CEO of Lyman Farms. “We are excited about Mark Mungeam’s contributions in helping us restore a classic Robert Trent Jones design to continue to provide premium golfing experiences for all of our members and guests.”
“The course looks as impressive as ever and plays to the enjoyment of all handicappers,” says Dave Christenson, general manager of Lyman Orchards. “Golfers will relish the additions, some of which require them to think even more strategically during their rounds.”
Another focus was maintaining trees bordering fairways and framing greens to ensure turf quality, playability and better views. The extensive pruning and underbrush removal was the most recent major work to take place before the re-opening.
The scope of work – including installing a multi-row irrigation system with a more efficient pump station to reduce water use – is a step toward aligning Lyman Orchards with the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary program. Following Audubon-approved steps for an environmentally-friendly golf course protects the wildlife habitat while reducing the use of energy, water, pesticides and fertiliser.