Golf Course Architecture - Issue 72, April 2023

18 Andrew Green has overseen a renovation of the William Flynndesigned golf course at Indian Creek Country Club, located on the exclusive, man-made Indian Creek Island on Biscayne Bay, in Miami Beach, Florida. LaBar Golf Renovations and Bunker Solution began construction in January 2022 and finished before the end of the year, ahead of the course’s grand reopening earlier this year. “The goal of the renovation was to reinfuse Flynn’s character into the layout, while enhancing the refined golf experience the members have enjoyed through the decades,” Green told GCA. “The golf course had aged significantly, and new infrastructure was needed throughout the entire property.” The project included rebuilding greens at an expanded size and to USGA specifications as well as relocating bunkers and reshaping them in a style in keeping with Flynn’s design intent. “Large areas of sand on Flynn’s original plan were accounted for with bunker clusters that allowed the sand to dance in the landscape without being unkempt,” said Green. “The Flynn-inspired bunkering, which broke many large bunkers up into a series of smaller ones, aids in the presentation of the golf course and the strategic elements of the design. The bunker styling and placement harken to Flynn’s vision. While not as rugged as some images, we worked to provide varied shapes, sizes, and depths that we could point towards in the historic documentation.” Green made significant changes to the fourth hole, also to recapture Flynn’s vision. He shifted the fairway to the right, towards the bay, with the green now in a position to be better attacked from those who take the most challenging line of play. The architect says the hole now rivals the course’s highlight stretch from eleven to fourteen. TEE BOX Green reinfuses Flynn at Indian Creek