Golf Course Architecture - Issue 61, July 2020

TEE BOX THE INTERV I EW with Rees Jones How did this project come about? The state of Florida has a multitude of golf courses built in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s that need to be upgraded to today’s improved construction materials and to take advantage of technological advances. All major golf course components have a limited life expectancy. That is the reason that so many private club courses are in the process of rebuilding. BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is a forward- thinking community that has had the vision to continually improve all their facilities over the years. Twelve years ago the East course was reimagined and renovated to championship standards. The course hosted the 1971 PGA Championship won by Jack Nicklaus, so it continues to be a worthy test for all potential golf championships. Seven years ago the North course was redone to provide a very playable facility. GCA spoke with Rees Jones about the redesign of the South course at BallenIsles Country Club in Florida “Approaches provide more shot options for the ground game” 30 New bunkering on the short par-four thirteenth hole. Jones and his team have reviewed the placement of hazards throughout the course and reduced the overall sand area Photo: Larry Lambrecht