WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) and TPC Sugarloaf celebrate earning the coveted first place in the private category of Golf Inc.’s Renovation of the Year award, designed to recognize the most outstanding golf course renovations and restorations completed this past year. Judging was based on a combination of 3 factors: achievement of goals (50 percent of final score), improved playability and maintainability (25 percent of final score) and course aesthetics (25 percent of final score).
The prestigious award recognizes the completion of TPC Sugarloaf’s three-year enhancement project, encompassing renovations to the Golf Courses, Clubhouse and Lifestyle Center with a goal of modernizing the amenities and enriching member experiences.
The property features three nine-hole golf courses, all designed by Greg Norman Golf Course Design, including The Stables and The Meadows, opened in 1997, and The Pines, opened in 2000. The courses saw extensive updates including resurfaced greens, tees, fairways, rebuilt bunkers, a state-of-the-art irrigation system for better coverage, as well as new and resurfaced cart paths. TPC Sugarloaf celebrated a grand re-opening in October 2019 attended by Norman and his original design team.
Also integral to the renovation project was Senior Designer for PGA TOUR Design and Construction Services, Milan Moore, who has been with the TOUR for 15 years. Moore oversaw day-to-day construction, working hand-in-hand with the GNGCD team.
“Golf Inc.’s annual renovation awards hold such high-esteem, so to be recognized with their highest honor is a privilege and a testament to the incredible work done by my design team, everyone at TPC Sugarloaf and Milan Moore,” said Greg Norman. “I am always grateful to be able to return to my original designs and have the opportunity to restore them, so this award is truly the icing on the cake.”
The updates will allow the course to be challenging for the players of the upcoming PGA TOUR Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic, yet approachable for the recreational player.
“Earning this recognition by Golf Inc. is a tremendous honor, and one we’re thrilled to celebrate, “said Mike Maloney, General Manager of TPC Sugarloaf. “We could not have executed this large-scale project without the help of Greg Norman and his design team and excited their work has been commended.”
With intentions to further improve the golf experience, the property also made major updates to the Clubhouse, with a significant expansion of the club restaurant, RYE Kitchen & Bar, and the addition of a covered outdoor patio overlooking the beautiful 18th green.
About TPC Sugarloaf
Located within the gated community of Sugarloaf Country Club in the beautiful Georgia countryside, TPC Sugarloaf is a brilliantly crafted championship golf course offering a wide array of amenities and privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of premier clubs.
The par-72, 7,259-yard course contains three 9-hole courses known as The Stables, The Meadows and The Pines, crafted by the legendary Greg Norman to fit harmoniously with its surroundings on the site of the former Rollins Farm. Named by Golf Digest among the “Best New Private Clubs in the U.S.” when it debuted in 1997 and by Golfweek among the “Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses for 2007-2008,” the property boasts tree-lined Zeon Zoysia fairways and challenging layouts featuring streams, lakes and hills.
About Greg Norman Golf Course Design
Since its inception in 1987, Greg Norman Golf Course Design has been one of Norman’s true passions in both business and life. His experience playing many of the world’s great golf courses over a 25-year career served as a catalyst to develop this interest and turn it into a thriving company. Today, GNGCD courses span the globe, covering six continents and 34 countries.
GNGCD’s design philosophy is grounded in a “least disturbance approach” that blends golf courses with their surrounding environment to enhance the properties’ natural features. They are highly regarded as industry leaders in promoting sustainability and the compatibility of golf courses with the environment, with many projects having been awarded the coveted Audubon Society Award for environmental stewardship.
Jane MacNeille, Greg Norman Company
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