Troon and Heritage Links begin renovation at Princeville Makai

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    Troon has started a bunker renovation at Princeville Makai Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Troon has started a $3 million golf course renovation at Princeville Makai Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii.

Ron Despain, senior vice president of golf course development, is leading the project for Troon. The renovation aims are to improve playability, agronomic conditions and reaffirm the strategies of the Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed layout.

Work on the course, which averages 78 inches of rain each year, will address bunkers, turf, drainage and cart paths. Every bunker will be renovated and feature a new drainage and liner system from Capillary Concrete; the course’s seashores paspalum turf will be aerated; drainage work will be executed to improve turf health; and cart paths will be enhanced.

Heritage Links is working on nine holes at a time to ensure members and guests can continue to play nine holes. The project is expected to be completed in 12 weeks, with Despain and Heritage Links supported by superintendent Chris Parde, Makai’s agronomy team and Troon’s Jeff Spangler.

“It’s exciting and gratifying to have an ownership team that invests back into the product and shares the goal of keeping Princeville Makai Golf Club among the top golf courses in the world,” said Michael Neider, the club’s general manager. “The bunker enhancements, cart path improvements, drainage refinements and turf management projects will further elevate our guests’ experiences for years to come.”