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Construction plans for the 9-hole Clover course

Overlooking construction work on a golf course bunker

October 23, 2023 — We’re sharing an update about construction plans for the new 9-hole Clover golf course at the Killearn Club. We believe that restoring the old North Course, or Narrows, as an active golf course is important to the Club’s success, and it will also benefit neighbors and the surrounding community. Here’s what to expect moving forward:

The construction process for the 9-hole Clover will be similar to our work on the 18-hole Championship Course. We’ll remove existing turfgrass, then reshape the soil on each hole according to a detailed architectural plan. Please be aware that no one is permitted on the course during the renovation except approved staff.
The first step, removal of existing turfgrass, will start in late October 2023. Beginning around October 27, a turf grass resurfacing treatment will be applied in preparation for updating the course. We will mark target areas with temporary paint and verify them with GPS, ensuring that only the intended areas are treated. The treated turf will turn off-color and dry out in 1-2 weeks.

The heaviest construction activity is planned for January and February 2024. Beginning in January, construction vehicles will be traveling to and from the Club’s north entrance between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., five days a week. We expect this activity continue for 8-10 weeks.

By Spring 2024, we’ll have new turfgrass growing on the 9-hole Clover course. The new turf will be an enhanced, drought-tolerant Bermuda grass that provides a better playing surface.

About the new Clover Course:

The Clover’s designer is golf course architect Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA, whose master plan is guiding the overall golf course renovations. MacCurrach Golf Construction will return to build the course, together with irrigation designer Aqua Turf International.

The new 9-hole course will have five par 3 holes of varying length, and four short par 4 holes. The layout will create opportunities to practice some precise iron play, as well as delicate short game shots around the perimeters of greens. The holes will feature narrow fairways, smaller greens and a handful of thoughtfully placed bunkers and grass hollows. Expect some challenge on each hole, and a course that is fun, fair and accessible for all golfers.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to bring these beautiful golf courses, and a fantastic new club, to life. Our project to reimagine Killearn Country Club has just crossed the one-year mark. For a preview of how the Clover course will look, you can see turfgrass maturing on the 18-hole Championship Course, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2024. Over the next year, we’ll share more about plans for an all-new clubhouse and restaurant, tennis and pickleball courts, pool, and other improvements.

The Killearn Club team