Valdosta CC expansion and renovation project nears completion

  • Valdosta CC
    Valdosta CC

    Greens, fairways, bunkers and the irrigation system have all been replaced

  • Valdosta CC
    Valdosta CC

    View of the first hole on the newly renovated course

By Laura Hyde

Bill Bergin and construction firm Duininck Golf have almost completed an extensive expansion and restoration project at the historic Valdosta Country Club course in South Georgia, USA. 

Beginning work on 1 December 2022, Bergin and his team worked alongside Duininck Golf to replace greens, fairways, bunkers and the irrigation system on the course, which dates back to 1917. The main aim of the project is to reduce the existing Joe Lee-designed 27-hole course to 18 holes, introduce a six-hole par-three short course, add a short-game area and expand the practice facilities.  

“Bill Bergin had been on our radar for a while,” said Cary Brown, VCC general manager and director of golf. “Personally, I enjoy his style of architecture and, seeing some of his other projects similar to ours, and how his bunkering and design work always seem natural and not fabricated, we were hoping he would be available and willing to work with us.” 

Brown added: “Duininck Golf has been an excellent partner in what will be a great finished product for our members and club.” 

Speaking about the project, Bergin said: “Valdosta Country Club will be one of our best transformations ever. We’ve teamed with Duininck Golf to create a golf course that fits Valdosta Country Club’s historic roots, while being mechanically prepared to handle the next 30 years of play, or even more.”