www.bobbyweed.com) is successfully concluding its seven-year maintenance and management agreement with Palatka Golf Club, in Palatka, Fla., in collaboration with the City of Palatka. The award-winning firm, known for golf course design, renovation and repurposing, accepted the responsibility of reviving the historic Donald Ross 18-hole layout, established in 1925. Bobby Weed Golf Design restored the conditioning, playability, financial stability and natural appeal of the public-use facility through a set of initiatives, including demonstrable upgrades and changes to the course. The city was and remains in control of operating costs and operating performance.
“Due to our passion for its history, we felt it was our duty to step in and help preserve this gem of a golf course.”
Weed formed a coalition of business and community leaders to support his plan. During its management of the par-70, 5,862-yard course, Bobby Weed Golf Design produced increases in rounds played, revenue and membership. Leading to these results were substantial improvements in course conditioning, operational efficiency, maintenance and agronomics, as well as revamping the clubhouse staff and enhancing customer service.
To assist with funding of the preservation project, Bobby Weed Golf Design found and negotiated an unprecedented grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for facility upgrades to the clubhouse, in the amount of $225,000. The design firm also was able to obtain a $75,000 grant from the St. John’s River Water Management District, used for overall course and facility upgrades associated with the irrigation system.
The revitalizing of Palatka Golf Club has led to greater participation in the Florida Azalea Amateur and the Florida Senior Azalea Amateur, the club’s two signature events.
Weed believes Palatka Golf Club is an example of what will be a resurgence of the public golf experience in the U.S.
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