Golf Course Architecture - Issue 74, October 2023

33 TEE BOX Hudson National on track for spring 2024 reopening Tom Fazio, project lead Tom Marzolf, Rick Phelps and Jeff Lawrence are nearing completion of a Fazio Design renovation at Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Every green has been rebuilt by contractor LaBar Golf Renovations and regrassed with 007XL bentgrass. Some greens have been relocated, while others were redesigned to have more contour to match the rest. A few putting surfaces have also been reshaped or expanded to create new pin positions. Bunkers have been rebuilt on holes three, six, seven, nine, twelve, fourteen and eighteen, and fitted with liner from Bunker Solution. Many fairway bunkers have been relocated further from the tee due to advancements in club and ball technology, and some extended into areas of play to pinch the landing areas for longer hitters. “Bunkers are strategically located to direct the lines of play,” said Marzolf. “The course will see a combination of styles across bunkers. For example, the addition of low mow bent-edge bunkers will be memorable and dramatic. The edges of many bunkers will be made up from seed-head, brown and fine fescue.” Morris Johnson of Bunker Solution said: “The members will experience greatly improved bunker playability, from the reduction of golf ball plugging potential to consistent moisture content of the bunker sand. With the ability to hit golf balls right off the Bunker Solution liner, players at Hudson National will never hit anything other than sand. “The feature that superintendents like the most, is how incredibly well the Bunker Solution liner holds sand in place on the bunker faces. This equates to huge labour savings, as the sand repositioning time after a rain event is dramatically reduced.” All fairways have been re-seeded with bentgrass, and rough will feature a new variety of fescue bluegrass. “The members are going to love the golf course additions,” said Theron Harvey, director of club operations at Hudson National. “We’ll be able to provide them with slightly more contour on the greens, more hole locations, interesting bunkering and the best turf conditions.” Photo: Tremont Sporting Co.