Golf Course Architecture - Issue 74, October 2023

23 Heritage Spy Ring Golf Club on Long Island, New York, has conducted a grand opening for its new nine-hole course designed by Tyler Rae. The site was previously home to the 18-hole Heatherwood Golf Club, which closed in early 2020. Rae’s new par-36 layout can be played from 2,323 to 3,105 yards and has holes ranging from 97 to 520 yards. Eight greens are open at the front, allowing for approach shots to run onto the putting surfaces. “The greens are mainly perched up and their vast sizes and flowing contours should provide a thoughtful test for each golfer,” said Rae. “There likely won’t be a straight putt on the golf course but they won’t feel contrived or forced. “All bunkers were shaped and built into landforms as if to feel like they were always meant to be there. The wandering sand lines and natural feel to them derives from some of the heavy land movement.” Photo: Laurence Lambrecht Tyler Rae nine-holer opens at Spy Ring Ben Davey to begin Yowani redesign in November Ben Davey, director of Contour Golf Design Group, will lead a redesign of the course at Yowani Country Club in Canberra, Australia, beginning in November. The work is possible following the sale of eight hectares of the club’s land, which has now been rezoned for an apartment development. A requirement for Davey’s redesign has been to have both nines return to a new clubhouse, which meant a reconfiguration of several holes was needed. All greens and tees will be rebuilt, with putting surfaces expanded to provide more interest and pin positions. “The greens have been designed to have tilts and broad falloffs on their sides, with spacious short grass surrounds often flowing seamlessly through to the following tees,” said Davey. “I want lots of variety, lots of movement but not wild contouring. I also want to introduce a few quirky features that the members may not have seen before.” Read more about the changes at the Yowani project on the GCA website. Photo: Contour Golf Design Group