Tallahassee, FL – Construction has started on the championship 18-hole golf course at the storied Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida. The renovation of the existing golf facility is part of a massive club revitalization project to provide the community with an elevated country club experience.
Golf course architect Chris Wilczynski of C.W. Golf Architecture was hired by the club’s new owner, Killearn Country Club, LLC, led by entrepreneur David Cummings who purchased the club in early 2022. “We’re excited that bulldozers are on the course now and starting the process to bring Killearn back as the pre-eminent club in Tallahassee. It will be an incredible transformation,” said Cummings.
Wilczynski describes the golf course renovation as a “design/build collaboration” between his firm, MacCurrach Golf Construction, and their client. “This is a major renovation effort with several experts involved. The entire team met regularly throughout the master planning and design stages to stay aligned with our client’s goals and overall vision,” said Wilczynski. “We’re all working together to create a refined sense of place – we want every detail, on an off the course to be remarkable.”
Other key team members include DAG Architects, who are responsible for the planning and architecture of the new clubhouse complex, consulting engineering group Moore Bass, and Aqua Turf International, for the design of the new irrigation system.
“The course revitalization will touch every inch of the property,” stated Wilczynski. “We will rebuild every aspect of the course infrastructure to enhance the challenge, interest, playability and beauty of the architecture.” One key characteristic will be the management of the existing vegetation to restore the scale of the holes while preserving and highlighting the large live oak and pine trees that frame each hole. “The existing oak trees and large pines are magical and certainly enhance the experience we are trying to create,” Wilczynski added.
The use of angles in Wilczynski’s design is another method used to achieve interest and challenge. “We focused on creating variety at each hole and incorporating angles that are strategic and more visually interesting. For example, the new 18th hole is a medium-length par 4 that will play uphill and slightly turn from right to left with several bunkers framing the inside and outside edges of the landing areas. The green complex at #18 will also offer a more impressive finale as it sits directly below the clubhouse where members will have a prime spot to watch golfers finish their rounds,” he said.
Additional improvements to the course include a ribbon tee system with six sets of tees ranging from 3,800-7,200 yards, greens set at a variety of elevations and angles that range from 4,500-10,000 square feet in size, and classic bunkering with steep grass faces and flat sand bottom floors. State-of-the-art practice facilities are a significant part of the upgrade as well, with 20,000 square feet putting green and putting course as well as a two-acre short game complex comprised of 3 greens and several bunkers to allow players to work on all aspects of their short game. The 10-acre driving range will feature Trackman technology to help enhance the practice experience; the large grass tee at the range will sit adjacent to the new golf learning center building. Off the course, the club will feature an entirely new clubhouse, new tennis and pickleball courts, a new pool complex and other lifestyle amenities.
Golf course construction is expected to be wrapped up by late 2023, with intentions of
reopening the new course in spring 2024.
About Chris Wilczynski
Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA is the owner of C.W. Golf Architecture, a boutique firm which he formed in 2010, following 20 award-winning years with Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest & Associates. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Michigan Golf Course Superintendent’s Association. His 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. Chris 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.
About David Cummings
David Cummings is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur who has founded 10 companies employing thousands of people, including Pardot, SalesLoft, Terminus, and Intown Golf Club. David is also the founder of the Atlanta Tech Village — the 4th largest tech hub in the nation — and the lead investor in Calendly, the world’s most popular scheduling app. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Mercer University. David blogs regularly at DavidCummings.org and tweets at @davidcummings.