Renovation at Miromar Lakes aims to reimagine Florida course’s identity

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    Many of the green surrounds are being reimagined as part of the project

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    The course is set to reopen in November 2017

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A major renovation project is underway at Miromar Lakes Golf Club in south-west Florida.

Architect Drew Rogers has been tasked with reimagining the identity of the golf course and enhancing its infrastructure.

Fairways are being converted from 419 bermudagrass to Celebration bermudagrass, while teeing areas are being rearranged, levelled and realigned. This will help boost playability and complement the course’s existing visual and strategic qualities.

The project’s main focus however is on the course’s greens and surrounds. Each is being reconstructed from the ground up, with new TifEagle surfaces being introduced.

Rogers is also working to introduce a more classic architectural feel to the greens. The architect will enlarge many, while introducing more dynamic contouring, slopes and bunkering around the greens.

“As a fundamental starting point, we knew that a complete greens replacement was inevitable,” said Ken McMaster, PGA director of Golf at Miromar Lakes. “However, the opportunity to address playability concerns while simultaneously prioritising the environment, the course’s overall aesthetic, and striving for a more classic architectural identity, is a tribute to our great team.”

More than ten acres of turf will be eliminated from the course as part of the project, helping to lessen the amount of water required for maintenance.

“Today’s players demand excellent playing conditions, varied and strategic playing options as well as a strong identity and memorability throughout the golf experience,” Rogers said. “It’s been great fun working together with this team to enhance the course – it’s developing into something quite special.”

Work commenced in mid-April, and the course is set to reopen on 1 November 2017.