JACKSON, MI: Golf course architecture firm C.W. Golf Architecture has started a two-year phased 18-hole bunker renovation at the storied Country Club of Jackson.
Course architect and owner of the firm, Christopher Wilczynski, ASGCA, described the project as the “next phase” of his 2017 master plan which includes a complete bunker overhaul on the back nine “The Woods” this fall, and on the front nine “The Pines” in the fall of 2024. Wilczynski is overseeing the work executed by golf course construction company TDI Golf, and course superintendent Ian Daniels, CGCS.
“Repairing the extensive bunker deterioration on The Woods/Pines courses has been an ongoing discussion and a high priority for the club; I’m excited the project is moving forward,” said Wilczynski. “The focus is to restore the aesthetic of all existing bunkers with a high sand flash style and incorporate the Better Billy Bunker liner which will greatly improve drainage, playability, and maintainability. The project also involves the repositioning of many fairway and greenside bunkers to present a greater challenge for today’s golfer,” he added.
Leading up to the project, Wilczynski has managed other course improvements including the expansion of greens to their original sizes, selective tree removal, the addition of forward tees and the establishment of new, environmentally sustainable native grass areas.
The 18-hole course measures 6773 yards from the longest tees and was established in 1926 by English designer Arthur Ham, who at one point, had worked as a field superintendent for the great Golden Age architect, Donald Ross.
Wilczynski’s revised master plan and the bunker renovation project was approved by the club in 2022. Construction work on The Woods is expected to conclude in November.
C.W. Golf Architecture, located in Saline, Michigan, was formed in 2010 by Chris Wilczynski, an active member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The boutique firm specializes in a wide range of services including the master planning and renovation of existing private and public golf courses and the design and development of new golf courses and practice facilities. C.W. Golf Architecture is dedicated to creating unique and sustainable design solutions that captivate golfers, enhance playability, and provide enjoyment and social benefits to communities throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.cwgolfarch.com or contact Chris Wilczynski at (734) 395-7941.