Tripp Davis completes Oaks course renovation at The International

  • The International
    James Sylvia West Tenth Media

    Tripp Davis (left, on the twelfth) has completed a renovation of the Oaks course at The International in Massachusetts

  • The International
    James Sylvia West Tenth Media

    New bunkering on the par-five fourteenth of the Oaks course

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Tripp Davis has completed a renovation of the Oaks course at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts, for owner Escalante Golf.

“Our principal goal was to modernise the golf course and it’s rewarding to see these concepts come to life,” said Davis. “The good bones that already were in place went a long way in getting the job done and The International team’s golf-first approach freed us up to implement the signature aspects our group has developed over the years.”

Renovation work on the course, originally designed by Tom Fazio, has included bunkers, regrassing and laser-levelling of tees, as well as adding new forward and back tees. Construction work was overseen by Davis’s associate Kyle Downs alongside contractor Agri-Scape.

For his work on bunkers, Davis tried to create more strategic intent for lower handicap players, while removing hazards that usually impacted the high handicappers. Further aims included improving bunker aesthetics and structure, so they last longer and can be maintained more easily.

“One of the things we noticed on this property, because of the terrain and the natural rugged nature of it, is a lot of irregular asymmetrical lines,” said Davis, in a video about the renovation project on the club’s website. “Here your sand lines wanted to be more rugged, they wanted to look like erosion.”

On The International’s practice facility, Davis has re-turfed and levelled teeing areas on both sides of the range, added new targets and renovated the short game practice area.