Course architect Harrison Minchew provides his perspective on the renovation and a detailed guide to the newly designed greens. Minchew, a long-time Ponte Vedra resident, worked alongside Arnold Palmer for course designs such as The King and the Bear at the World Golf Village, and has designed numerous courses in the U.S. and abroad.
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“Each of the 18 green sites have been completely reworked to give each hole its own unique identity. The size, shape and contours of the putting surfaces along with the entire surrounding area have been carefully sculpted to allow chipping, pitching and putting from well off the greens.
The selection of Platinum Pasapalum turf used on the greens and vast aprons will allow the Golf Course Superintendent to closely mow expansive areas surrounding the greens to allow the course to be played along the ground as windy seaside golf is meant to be played. The native well-draining sandy soil, closely mown turf surrounding the greens, unique pin placements and the prevalent Jacksonville Beach Golf Club sea breezes will promote creativity in a golfer’s shot selections.
This design promotes both the lower more running shot that most golfers are more adept at and the typical golfer’s choice to putt or play bump and run shots near the green. This very enjoyable style of golf that my new design promotes along with the innate beauty of our beaches barrier island on this beautiful public golf only property will allow Jacksonville Beach Golf Club to hold its own alongside the very best courses in NE Florida.”