September 8, 2023 —
In this update, we’ll take a tour of the 18-hole Championship Course renovation using some recent aerial photos.
We’re excited to show you how the course is shaping up. It’s still a work in progress, with turfgrass getting established on fairways and greens. As work continues on ponds and course facilities, we’ll also monitor how new turf grows in, to make sure the course is immaculate and ready for play in the spring. Let’s take a look:
From high over the hole 1 green, we can see the beginning of the 18-hole Championship Course.
Hole 1 is visible on the right, and the hole 9 tee on the left. The redesign flipped the front and back nine holes. The former eighteenth hole is now hole 9. Players will start the course near the clubhouse, then circle back to the clubhouse area to complete hole 9.
On the back nine, holes 13 and 14 run side by side between a group of ponds.
On the lower left, a new cart path crosses hole 13. You can see the hole 14 green on the lower right. On this stretch, players can visit a nearby Shamrock Shack comfort station for self-serve snacks and drinks.
On hole 15, we can see one of the scenic, tree-lined fairways that are a defining feature of Killearn.
With the redesign, golf course architect Chris Wilczynski sought to emphasize the area’s rolling Red Hills topography and stately live oak trees.
A redesigned pond makes hole 17 a standout on the back nine.
The new, larger pond now borders the entire front right side of the green. This hole fits into the landscape perfectly and will be an exciting test for all golfers.
For the finale, hole 18 brings players back around to the clubhouse.
This view from the clubhouse area shows the approach to the hole 18 green, which requires players to negotiate a gradual leftward bend in the fairway and a group of three bunkers around the green.
We’re as excited as you to see the changes happening on the course through this bird’s-eye view. Redesign work and maintenance will continue for several months, so that greens and fairways will be in top condition when the 18-hole Championship Course opens in Spring 2024.
Please be mindful that the Club property remains an active construction site, and is closed to all members, residents and visitors. To keep up with project milestones and major announcements, watch for updates on our website and email list.
The Killearn Club team