New masterplan unveiled for Country Club of Jackson courses

New masterplan unveiled for Country Club of Jackson courses
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Golf course architect Chris Wilczynski has created a masterplan aimed at revitalising two of the golf courses at the Country Club of Jackson in Michigan, US.

Focusing on the club’s Pines and Woods courses, the masterplan calls for additional tees to make the courses more manageable for less skilled players, and more challenging for more skilled players.

Greens will be restored to their original locations on the two courses, which have been played for more than 90 years.

The masterplan also calls for selected trees to be removed, as some have become overgrown and are now obscuring the original design intent.

“The golf course was aging and the infrastructure was aging,” Wilczynski said. “We have defined a vision of how each hole can be improved for the future, and the work on the greens will allow for a variety of strategic pin locations along edges and behind bunkers.”

The Country Club of Jackson is home to three sets of nine holes – Pines, Woods and Marsh – two of which can be combined for an 18-hole round.

“The number of courses that have been doing things like this lately are enough that we started to get curious,” said Ron Beurmann, the club’s PGA professional. “A lot of questions were being asked about things like the size of our greens and trees overhanging fairways. This masterplan will benefit everyone. Chris has designed new tees to accommodate ladies and juniors, so maybe new people will be playing the golf course. He also has plans for new tees that will make the course longer, too.”