DeVries Designs has completed the next phase of a long-term renovation project at Pelham Country Club in New York, involving the redesign of five holes.
The recent phase has included the development of an artificial creek between three holes, allowing water to be channelled to a sump pump station that fills a new lake — saving the club over $80,000 a year in irrigation costs.
By diverting the existing creek, those holes in the centre of the course that would flood easily are now much less at risk. The removal and collection of 15-20 million gallons of urban stormwater per annum means the club’s need for irrigation with potable water has been removed.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of this year’s work at Pelham Country Club,” said Mike DeVries, who has been advising the club since 2008 and authored a long-term course plan in 2015. “I believe that we have really transformed these five holes, making them more interesting. I am also delighted that we have been able to help the club collect water in such a judicious manner.”
Previous phases have included a redesign of the first hole, the creation of a three-hole practice facility, and adding over two acres of wetland habitat.
Designed by Devereux Emmet in 1921, the course was remodelled in 1954 by Alfred Tull due to the building of a highway that went through the property.
“The club is thrilled with Mike’s work,” said golf course superintendent Jeff Wentworth. “His vision and attention to detail has truly transformed our golf experience. The renovation is not only strategic and beautiful but also practical. The improvements will excite golfers and, importantly, make our course more environmentally friendly and cost efficient.”