25 Sep Bobby Weed Golf Design Undertakes Renovation and Repurposing of Greenacres Country Club
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (September 25, 2017) – Bobby Weed Golf Design is nearing completion of a comprehensive renovation and repurposing project at Greenacres Country Club, in Lawrenceville, NJ. The work includes renovating the golf course and repurposing a portion of the club’s acreage for residential use.
“Greenacres Country Club will be fully updated and competitive in the marketplace, with newfound capital,” said Bobby Weed. “The course will be renovated to meet today’s and tomorrow’s future member expectations and to provide a fun and interesting round of golf.”
The genesis of the project is the creation of a 14-acre infill development parcel identified by Bobby Weed Golf Design. As the result of a multi-million-dollar transaction, a national homebuilder will develop the land with 98 townhome units. Each household will become a new social member of the club, offering an ongoing revenue stream for the club.
In addition to recapitalizing the club’s balance sheet and funding clubhouse upgrades, the land sale will trigger comprehensive improvements to the entire golf course, including seven new holes and a relocated practice area. The golf course will reopen in late spring 2018.
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.
Bobby Weed Golf Design was selected for the innovative project due to the firm’s unique expertise in both golf course design and land development.
“The repurposing of Greenacres is an important precedent for any forward-minded club seeking to recapitalize, upgrade its facilities and maintain ownership,” said Chris Monti, senior design associate at Bobby Weed Golf Design.
Total Turf Golf Services, from Philadelphia, is the golf course contractor, and George Ley Company is the irrigation contractor.
About Bobby Weed Golf Design
Acclaimed golf course designer 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.
Weed began his professional career with an extended apprenticeship with Pete Dye, launching a collaboration of over 35 years’ duration and a lifelong friendship. Hired in 1983 by the PGA Tour as the Golf Course Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, Weed went on to become the Tour’s in-house designer 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, Jerry Pate 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, The Golf Course at Glen Mills, Medalist Golf Club and Timuquana Country Club.
Bobby Weed Golf Design also 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.
Bobby Weed is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He also is a 39-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, was a former Certified Golf Course Superintendent and is a member of the Florida Turfgrass Association.