24 Sep Bobby Weed Golf Design Celebrates Reopening of Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (September 21, 2020) – Bobby Weed Golf Design is pleased to announce the grand reopening of the picturesque Ocean Course at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club following a comprehensive capital improvement project. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 18.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ocean Course, 9th Hole
“I’d like to thank Herbert Peyton, chairman of Gate Petroleum, for entrusting our team to update this beloved layout,” said Bobby Weed. “As a long-time area resident, I receive great gratification in equipping the Ocean Course with a strong foundation for the next generation of members and resort guests.”
The cornerstone of this project was identifying land on the north end of the property which allowed for improvements to the practice facility and advantageous routing adjustments.
A full-service practice facility was created by tripling teeing grounds and adding double-sided practice targets. The footprint of the range now stretches beyond 300 yards and is accompanied on the north end by a new short game area, slated to be used exclusively for private instruction and corporate outings.
The first tee was cleverly transformed into a multi-use space. 20,000 square feet of tightly mown bermudagrass will serve as both a teeing ground and pristine outdoor event venue. This adjacent proximity to the resort’s back lawn produces a special setting that few other first tees can match.
Credited for inspiring Pete and Alice Dye’s now infamous 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, the ninth hole’s island green was lowered to reveal the putting surface to guests watching from the clubhouse.
Giving way to a portion of the expanded practice facility, the former par-4 10th hole was eliminated. The identified land parcel is now home to a new par-3, 13th hole, providing a pleasant break between former back-to-back par 5’s. The reimagined 13th is inspired by the Scottish “Dell” hole which features palm trees framing the low-profile green design.
The all-encompassing renovation included rebuilding 20 USGA putting greens and methodically restoring bridges, bulkheads and irrigation systems. Fourteen acres of coquina-like screenings areas were introduced to replace rough grasses, decrease water usage and bolster the course’s seaside character.
“We are delighted that Bobby Weed Golf Design has upgraded our club for a bright future,” said Dale Haney, president of Gate Hospitality Group. “Bobby’s innovative thinking around maintainability, environmental practices and strategic shot values will endow the Ocean Course with exciting attributes for years to come.”