Bobby Weed Golf Design Selected for Continued Planning and Advisory Services at Long Cove Golf Club
Bobby Weed Golf Design (BobbyWeed.com) has been hired to continue conducting planning and advisory services at Long Cove Club, in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on the heels of the design firm’s successful restoration last year of the golf course. The layout, designed by Pete Dye in 1981, is often considered one of his most authentic and well-preserved designs.
“Long Cove wishes to protect its heritage and preserve its status as an authentic Pete Dye design, never more relevant than now, with Alice Dye’s recent passing,” said Bobby Weed. “With its original featuring, innovative land plan and colorful history, it is perhaps one of the most significant courses in the timeline of golf course design.”
This project is especially meaningful, as Long Cove was Weed’s first assignment with Pete Dye and the genesis of Bobby Weed Golf Design.
“Long Cove was the beginning of my career in design and construction, and of my nearly forty years’ relationship with Pete,” Weed said. “It is a club and course that we are incredibly proud to be associated with.”
Constructed right after TPC Sawgrass, the golf course at Long Cove Club represents a “time-machine” look into Dye’s work during one of the most productive and brilliant periods of his career. The legendary Long Cove construction crew, directed by Weed, included several future golf course designers, including Weed himself, Tom Doak, PB Dye, Ron Farris and Scott Pool.
“Many of Pete’s courses have been tinkered with, often by the man himself,” Weed said. “That is not the case at Long Cove, which is largely untouched.
“Our main task is to maintain that authenticity. Preserving one of our generation’s more forward-looking and contemporary courses is a great honor and fit for us.”
About Bobby Weed Golf Design
Bobby Weed Golf Design specializes in contemporary, progressive golf course design. Founded in 1994, the firm utilizes a forward-thinking, hands-on approach for new golf courses, comprehensive renovations and repurposing projects.
Bobby Weed began his career with an extended apprenticeship under Pete Dye, leading to a nearly 40-year relationship that continues today. Weed was hired by the PGA Tour in 1983, where he served as the Tour’s in-house designer from 1987-1996, helping establish the nationwide TPC Network. Weed also is the co-founder of the non-profit HEAL (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives), a charitable organization serving the five-county area around his home in north Florida.
Senior Design Associate Chris Monti, a Cornell University graduate, spent a year examining the courses of the British Isles. Since 1997 he has contributed his unique perspective to Bobby Weed Golf Design, managing nationally prominent new course, renovation and restoration projects across the country.
For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see www.bobbyweed.com.
Sally J. Sportsman