The Country Club of Farmington in Connecticut has hired golf course architect Matt Dusenberry and golf course superintendent Scott Ramsay to restore its Devereux Emmett layout.
The pair will work to improve and restore turf conditions on the course, and restore architectural features.
“We will be using Emmett’s 1921 plan and 1934 aerial photo as guidance for renovation and restoration improvements,” said Dusenberry. “The club has embarked on the first phases of the renovation by addressing removal of select groups of trees. Future improvements are being considered carefully and there will be a phased approach. This allows the club to limit disruption to play and be sensitive to capital expenditures.”
Dusenberry and Ramsay have previously worked together on the renovation of Keney Park golf course in Hartford, also in Connecticut. “It’s a masterful renovation and re-birth of a Devereux Emmett design and that experience translates well into our long-term improvement planning,” said green chair Geoff Manton.
Ramsay comes to Farmington from Yale Golf Course where he spent over 15 years leading a transformation of the course, which has now been ranked as the top university golf course in the country.
“At Yale Golf Course, we were fortunate to spend many days walking the course with Scott,” said Dusenberry. “It’s an understatement to call it a bold piece of architecture and it was often a point of inspiration for myself and my design partners. If we thought we were doing something too bold or different, we’d revisit Yale and say ‘nope, we haven’t even come close’. Scott’s work there over the years brought back the corridors through tree removal, brought back green areas that can be measured in acres, and restored firm bouncy turf conditions.”
“The Country Club of Farmington couldn’t be more excited about adding Scott Ramsay to our management team,” said Manton. “Our club has started on an exciting re-discovery and restoration of our 1920s Devereux Emmett design and Scott will be an essential part of that process. We are peeling back layers to reveal features and restore firm and bouncy turf conditions that allow the architecture to shine.
“Farmington continues to reinvest in our club to ensure another 100 years of member enjoyment and restoring the golf course is a key element of that plan.”