Golf Course Architecture - Issue 73, July 2023

62 REPORT Ken Bakst, developer of Friar’s Head on Long Island, New York, has submitted a masterplan for a new development in Martin County, Florida, which includes a 36-hole golf facility designed by Whitman, Axland & Cutten (WAC Golf). The plan includes two eighteen-hole golf courses and a 175-acre practice facility comprising a 10-hole full-length practice layout, a 12-hole short course, a massive undulating putting green, an extensive short-game area, and a 360-degree long-game practice area. Bakst is the visionary behind The Ranch. He wants to leave the land mostly untouched, while also creating a golf experience like no other. “For the last decade Kenny had been searching for the perfect land for the next golf experience, and in summer 2021 he found it!” says Keith Cutten. “A nearly 4,000-acre rustic ranch 20 minutes from the beaches of Hobe Sound, and a short drive from Palm Beach Island. The Bakst family instantly fell in love with the rugged and picturesque site.” Florida’s next great destination? WAC Golf delivers plans for The Ranch, 36 holes of golf led by Friar’s Head developer Ken Bakst. WAC’s plan includes two eighteen-hole courses, a 10-hole full-length practice layout, a 12-hole short course and extensive practice facilities Image: WAC Golf