LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. – Golf course architect Kris Spence has begun a $6 million redesign project of scenic Lake Toxaway Country Club in the mountains of North Carolina.
Spence will reshape and redesign the entire course over a two-year period. Because of environmental concerns, the project will be handled in two stages. Nine holes were closed for construction last month. Once those nine are finished, the remaining nine will close next fall. The project is expected to wrap up in July of 2007.
"We are creating a completely new golf course," said Spence. "The property at Lake Toxaway is located among some of the most breathtaking scenery you will find in America. We will utilize the natural topography as much as possible to create more strategy and a wider variety of shot options. I think the results will surprise a lot of people familiar with the old Toxaway course."
Spence has devised a master plan that significantly alters the course’s routing. Nine holes will switch directions, while another four holes will have reconfigured greens and tees. The remaining five holes are to retain their current routing but will be augmented with new bunkering and fairway contouring.
New turf will be installed throughout the course along with extensive drainage to handle the area’s heavy annual rainfall. All tees, fairways and greens will be bent grass, while primary roughs will be a bluegrass mixture. Outlying rough areas will be sown with native fine fescue grasses to minimize maintenance requirements and lessen the environmental impact of the course.
The project also calls for a new irrigation system and cart path system.
The project is being constructed and managed by Spence Golf Inc., with veteran project manager and design associate Jim Ganley handling day-to-day operations.
For information on Spence Golf, call (336) 207-0183.