(DUBLIN, Ohio) – Course construction during renovation of the Heron Course at The Oaks Club in Osprey, Fla., is underway and proceeding well. The renovated golf course is being designed on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design. The reconstruction, directed by Jason Straka, a principal of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, is designed to enhance playability and improve infrastructure, including significant upgrades in surface and subsurface drainage, irrigation and improved turfgrasses. The Eagle Course at The Oaks Club will remain open for play throughout the Heron renovation.
One feature that intrigued Straka as he contemplated the renovation design was the nice width of the playing corridors at the Heron Course, in contrast to many other Florida courses. He found this feature to be a benefit from a design perspective, allowing for more artistically-conceived shaping components.
The year-long environmentally-friendly renovation project will create a memorable new golfing experience for members and guests. The revitalized course will have new contours, better bunkers and interesting greens complexes. Traffic patterns on the course will be improved due to the new contours and the removal of some overgrown trees and shrubbery. A significant investment is being made in maintaining the longevity of the club with an HDPE fused irrigation system, significant amounts of subsurface drainage, new greens construction, state-of-the-art bunker liner, wall-to-wall concrete paths with curbing, and cutting-edge disease and shade-resistant turfgrasses. In addition, new storm-water control structures will be installed to improve drainage of the golf course and the surrounding development.
A ground game is being introduced to the Heron Course. Most of the approaches to the old green complexes were blocked by sand bunkers and water hazards. The renovation utilizes significant chipping areas around the greens to allow for run-up shots and a variety of recovery shots not permitted on either of the two Oaks courses before. The goal is to enhance playability while still providing confounding recovery shots for the more skilled golfer.
During the reconstruction of the Heron Course, members are being provided with a well-received communication tool in the form of weekly member updates and video links. Of special interest is drone footage, recording the renovation’s progression.
“The drone footage is an exciting aspect of the reconstruction,” said Nick Kearns, director of green and grounds at The Oaks Club, “providing a fascinating archival and historical record of the entire process. Both current and future members will enjoy seeing the newly-designed Heron Course unfold before their very eyes.”
An example of recent drone footage of the Heron Course renovation can be viewed here: Click here to view the Drone Progress Video
For more information about The Oaks Club, visit www.theoaksclub.com. For more information about Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, visit www.frystraka.com.