Iron Horse golf course in North Richland Hills, Texas, will reopen to the public on 19 September following a renovation overseen by Jeff Brauer.
The municipal facility – managed by Arcis Golf – has been subject to a $3 million renovation that has included the widening of playing corridors, new irrigation on 12 holes, renovations to the thirteenth and fourteenth holes, Better Billy Bunker method employed throughout, and the addition of new forward tees.
Fleetwood Services began construction in November 2019, with the aim of addressing water issues on the Dick Phelps-designed course. The project was declared as an “essential infrastructure project” by the city, which allowed work to continue amid the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The irrigation and drainage issues have now been corrected,” said Brauer. “The city of North Richland Hills, Arcis Golf, and Fleetwood Services all were great to work with. Everybody did their part to make this renovation a huge success and focused on enhancing the overall golf experience.
“The city was very smart to make the investment and fix what needed to be addressed. It is money spent wisely and serves as the prototype for how most public course renovations should be carried out.”
Brauer explained that sodding was done wherever the course was disturbed during the project. “It may be more expensive, but it’s also the best flood insurance available,” he said.
“This project has been fully embraced from the outset by the city as well as the community,” said Jerred Gibson, general manager at Iron Horse. “We couldn’t be more excited to show off all the outstanding upgrades that have been made to this much-loved course.”
Oscar Trevino, mayor of North Richland Hills, said: “We salute the golf course operations team, Jeff Brauer, Fleetwood Services, and everyone who worked on the project as we are confident the renovation will be met with great acclaim and continue the club’s iconic tradition. The facility – from the course to the pro shop and clubhouse – is nothing short of first class and understandably, a great source of pride for the community.”