Kris Spence completes restoration of historic Memphis CC course

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    The approach to the seventeenth green

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    An aerial shot of the third green at the Memphis Country Club course

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    The volcano green on the fourth hole

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    The green on the ninth hole

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Golf course architect Kris Spence has completed a restoration of the historic Memphis Country Club course in Tennessee, US.

Featuring 18 holes originally designed by Donald Ross, the club hired Spence to lead a restoration project back in 2010.

The architect completed work to the course’s tees and bunkers in 2012, before returning to the club earlier this year to restore the Ross greens to their original fill pad dimensions.

Ross's work at Memphis CC was completed back in 1915, making the project one of the architect’s earliest. 

Spence’s recent work saw the architect use detailed 1930 aerials and a full set of ground level photographs of each green site.

More than 35 per cent of lost green space has been reintroduced, helping to enhance the strategic interest Ross originally envisaged for the course.

The greens were rebuilt with amended rootzone and drainage, and upgrades were also made to the irrigation control system.

Significant tree removal has also taken place to help open up the long vistas across the property and to encourage recovery play from understory areas. 

All green sites have been planted to Tifeagle Ultradwarf, and around 15 acres of rough area is also being converted to a lower maintenance fescue turf.

A full reopening of the Memphis CC course is expected to take place in spring 2017.