Design firm King-Collins has signed up to design a new twelve-hole course on the site of the closed Colonial Country Club in Jackson, Mississippi. The course, to be known as Brazenhead, will be public and is hoped to start construction sometime in 2021.
Rob Collins told GCA: “Our client, Luke Guarisco, is primarily in the oil business, but is interested in doing development projects from time to time. Luke bought the old Colonial CC site in Jackson, and hired us to put together a masterplan and budget. The twelve-hole idea was not something that we came into the project envisaging, but it evolved as the best solution for the property – we wanted to do something a little different, and also give Luke a little extra room to develop the site.”
King-Collins’ plan for the course reveals a par 47 of 4,315 yards, including four par threes and three par fives. There are two shared greens, one for the par-three second and fifth holes and another for the third, twelfth and a practice putting green. The course can be played in smaller loops, such as three, six or nine holes. The twelfth hole is a 605-yard par five and there is also the option for a ‘bye’ hole, playing to the closing green from the tees of the tenth hole.
The vision highlights “unlimited shot-making options, firm and fast turf, and multiple playing routes on each hole.”
Guarisco is currently in a capital-raising phase, and Collins said he expects the money to be in place sometime this autumn. “The site is in the middle of the city – it will be the only public golf in the city itself – and our plan calls for a core golf course. It is nice, gently rolling hills, with almost a Texas hill country feel to it. It certainly has a lot more contour that the old Sequatchie Valley Golf Club,” the architect said, referring to his firm’s first course, now Sweetens Cove in Tennessee.