www.bobbyweed.com), an award-winning golf-course design firm, is renovating the Championship Course at Pleasant Valley Country Club, a private member-owned club in Little Rock, Ark. The project is part of a long-range master plan developed by the design firm in 2011. The 27-hole layout, which opened in 1968, was designed by Joe Finger, with Jimmy Demaret and Byron Nelson as consultants. The course has undergone no other significant redesign work over the years.
All three sets of nine holes on this challenging 7,100-yard layout converge at the clubhouse. Weed and Chris Monti, his design partner, and their team concluded renovation of the front nine during 2014-2015. Only modest infrastructural improvements were needed.
Significant components of the overall renovation include drainage improvement, tree removal and re-grassing of perimeter rough. In addition, Weed and his design team have rehabilitated a number of open water channels, adding river rock lining and producing greater aesthetic value while enhancing the practical value for conveying storm water.
Bobby Weed Golf Design recently completed renovation of the second nine. Bunkers were rebuilt with necessary repositioning and size adjustments, resulting in better aesthetics and strategy. Work on the third nine will begin in late fall of this year. Plans also call for some redesign of the practice facility, likely to include tee expansion and improvements to target definition down range.
Projected completion date of the course renovation is spring 2017. In addition, in conjunction with the renovation project, this fall the club will begin an overhaul of the irrigation system for all 27 holes.
For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see www.bobbyweed.com.