Evolution of the 18th Hole

Previous landscaping behind the 18th green

While the 18th green complex is unique as a Par-3 finishing hole that forces a carry over a large canyon onto a severely sloping green, the landscaping and backdrop has not been very appealing. Two weeks ago, the crew began transforming this area into a much more aesthetically appealing backdrop. The new landscape will consist of drought tolerant native grasses and plants along with ornamental grasses and shrubs that will add splashes of color throughout the back of the green complex. The initial preparation of the area involved cleaning up and removal of the existing plant material and shaping several oak trees that were covered up by years of overgrowth. Selective pruning of oak trees on the left side of the 18th green and removal of fir trees on the right side of the green significantly opened up the view of the entire green complex from all teeing locations. Once mature, the grown landscape will hide the parking lot and traffic above the green all while creating a much more dramatic backdrop for the finishing hole.

View from the 18th Tee during the mid-1990’s

18th Green following completion of new landscape at end of August 2012.

With natural erosion over the past 80-years, the modern 18th Green will never truly capture what was a very  dramatic Par-3 finishing hole.

Garden of Eatin’

Conceptual photo of Vegetable Garden on Hollins House hillside


Last week the maintenance crew began a very interesting project.  The hillside below the Hollins House parking lot and directly above the cart barn facility is in the process of being transformed into a vegetable garden for the club’s use.  Executive chef John Paul has been promoting sustainability and concentrates heavily on purchasing on a local level.  Later this summer, he and his culinary team will have the opportunity to serve freshly harvested vegetables and utilize the freshest herbs from the on-site garden.  It will be terraced and have four rows complete with several citrus trees, herbs, vegetables, and a section for seasonal flowers to be cut and used for arrangements.

Clearing of hillside


Steep slope will be terraced and transformed into vegetable garden

Creating a Minimalist Look

Area surrounding the 7th tee as it currently appears. All
landscaping plants will be removed, including the wood steps
and rubber matting. The area will then be sodded with
ryegrass to create a simple blend from the 6th green to 7th tee.
In keeping with our club strategy of creating a minimalist look along with keeping high environmental standards, the landscaped areas throughout the golf course will undergo a transformation. No longer will we change out the annual flowers and plants each spring and fall as we look to blend the native grass look into these locations. The landscaping surround the 7th tee will be completely removed including the one-step staircase. This “buffer” between the 6th green and 7th tee does not fit with our goal of creating uniformity throughout the golf course and it currently looks out of place. With the native grasses assuming these locations, there will be less maintenance, little or no water required, and the seasonal changes in the grass varieties will offer a dramatic character to the golf course. The most significant change was the removal of all non-native blackberries and rosemary surrounding the #2 tee hillside and facing Clubhouse Road. This was a major eyesore that has been seeded with our native grass mix and will now blend in better with the appearance of the course. 
Previous view from Clubhouse Road looking up to the 2nd 
teeing area. This was a major eyesore and the first 
impression of the golf course. All rosemary and blackberry 
plants have been removed.

The current view of the 2nd teeing area following
hydroseeding of the hillside with native grasses.