09 May Bobby Weed Golf Design Selected for Greenacres Country Club Repurposing Project
For Immediate Release
Sally J. Sportsman
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (May 9, 2016) – Bobby Weed Golf Design (www.bobbyweed.com), an award-winning golf-course architecture firm, has been selected to orchestrate a project at Greenacres Country Club, in Lawrenceville, NJ. The plan will include renovating the golf course and repurposing a portion of the acreage for residential use.
“Greenacres is a club with a distinguished history. Given our expertise in repurposing, and we are pleased to have been chosen for this innovative project,” said Bobby Weed, president & CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design. “The renovation of this classic parkland course will renew its beauty, enhance its playability and preserve its long term future.”
Established in 1938, Greenacres, just minutes from Princeton, NJ, is a private full-service club featuring an 18-hole golf course, which originally was designed by Devereaux Emmet and was redesigned by George Fazio, in 1971.
Chris Monti, senior design associate at Bobby Weed Golf Design, explained the challenges: “The golf course at Greenacres is showing typical effects of age, such as turfgrass, irrigation and drainage issues, too many trees and general infrastructure decline.”
Bobby Weed Golf Design will plan and implement a complete makeover and a comprehensive upgrade of the layout’s look, playability and infrastructure. The project is designed to ensure that the golf course and club remain viable for decades to come without burdening the membership financially.
The initial work completed to date consists of identifying the new land plan, which includes the revised golf course routing and the location and size of the development parcel. Currently Bobby Weed Golf Design is engaged in more detailed planning for the golf course portion of the project, developing strategies, budgets and schedules.
About Bobby Weed Golf Design
Acclaimed golf course architect Bobby Weed specializes in design, renovation and repurposing. His work features a balance of visual appeal, sustainability and playability, all informed by an environmentally-sensitive aesthetic and an exceptional hands-on, holistic approach. Bobby Weed Golf Design is a leader in golf course repurposing – a means to update layouts through redesign and reallocation of partial acreage for higher value land uses. Repurposing helps clubs and communities preserve golf while surmounting economic and other challenges. Weed’s skill, vision and business acumen coalesce to result in successful, refined and durable golf course design.
Weed began his professional career with a six-year apprenticeship with Pete Dye, launching a collaboration of 17 years’ duration and a lifelong friendship. Hired in 1983 by the PGA Tour, Weed was the Tour’s in-house architect from 1987-1996. He was responsible for the design of many of today’s best-known TPC venues, which continue as host sites for prominent Tour events.
Weed also was able to collaborate with many of golf’s most familiar names, including Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Chi Chi Rodriguez – a rare cross section of experience.
In 1994, Weed’s career reached an apex with the formation of his own design firm, where he continues to “handcraft” golf courses. Today, Bobby Weed Golf Design has amassed an impressive list of new and renovated courses that consistently are ranked at the top of their respective categories, including The Olde Farm Golf Club, Spanish Oaks Golf Club and Medalist Golf Club.
Bobby Weed is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the Historical Committee of the Donald Ross Society, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Florida Turfgrass Association.
For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see www.bobbyweed.com.