Course of the Week: Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club gets Bobby Weed renovation

By |  October 26, 2023 0 Comments

(Photo courtesy of Bobby Weed Golf Design)

(Photo courtesy of Bobby Weed Golf Design)

Bobby Weed Golf Design and MacCurrach Golf Construction recently completed a nine-month modernization of the Lagoon Course at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

Weed and MacCurrach previously renovated the course in 2007. For the 2023 redesign, the tandem used their knowledge of the property to restore Weed’s design and upgrade critical infrastructure, turfgrass varieties, playability and agronomic efficiencies.

(Photo courtesy of Bobby Weed Golf Design)

(Photo courtesy of Bobby Weed Golf Design)

Robert Trent Jones designed the front nine in 1961. Joe Lee designed the back nine in 1978. In 2007, Weed redesigned and lengthened the par 70 layout to 6,025 yards.

The renovation included:

  • The rebuilding of all golf course and practice greens to USGA standards with new Tifeagle bermudagrass.
  • Restoring the greens back to the original sizes.
  • Intricate contouring to accommodate modern-day green speeds.
  • New irrigation surrounds on all green complexes to more efficiently control and manage watering inputs.
  • Wall-to-wall regrassing of tees, fairways and roughs with Tiftuf bermudagrass.
  • The restoration of bunkers to their original flat-bottomed design.
  • New drains, liners and sand.
  • Enlarging of the practice putting green.
  • Redesigned and lowered chipping green.
(Photo courtesy of Bobby Weed Golf Design)

(Photo courtesy of Bobby Weed Golf Design)

“Following his award-winning renovations to the Ocean Course in 1998 and 2020, Bobby was our first call when it became time to modernize the Lagoon Course,” said Jeff Hanson, director of golf at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. “On-going infrastructure improvements are critical to maintaining our high standards. We appreciate Bobby Weed Golf Design for their decades-long relationship and personal commitment to our club.”

Joey Flinchbaugh, director of agronomy of Ponte Vedra, also assisted the Lagoon Course renovation by overseeing construction and managing the turfgrass grow-in.

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