Bobby Weed Golf Design to Update Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club
By Dave Daubert
Bobby Weed Golf Design has been commissioned to update the Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The last restoration of the robust 1928 Herbert Strong design, completed by Bobby Weed Golf Design in 1998, returned the layout's bold contours, brawny bunkering and character.
"For this new restoration, we intend to dramatically and comprehensively update every aspect of the layout," said Weed. "Preparing it for the next generation of members and resort guests."
Similar to the 1998 project, the scope of this restoration will address greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation, drainage, grassing bridges/bulkhead and landscaping. The links-like, windswept character of the course will be enhanced, and it is expected that the practice facilities will be improved. The Ocean Course will be closed for 11 months, beginning in August 2019.
The original 1928 design utilized an unprecedented level of earthmoving equipment. Strong's work featured bold contours on a heroic scale that captured immediate notoriety. The iconic 9th was one of golf's earliest examples of an island green, and the upstart course was tapped to host the 1939 Ryder Cup matches, although the matches were cancelled due to the onset of World War II.
From these historic beginnings, the Ocean Course has remained a cornerstone amenity of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. From time to time, significant capital investment has been made into the course to maintain its unique appeal and quality. The first occurred in 1947, followed by Bobby's restoration in 1998. Weed also renovated the Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in 2007.
The current restoration project under the direction of Bobby Weed Golf Design will establish a sturdy foundation on which the historic and beloved Ocean Course will embark on its second century.
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About: Dave Daubert
David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.