www.bobbyweed.com), honored last year for its 2015 restoration of the Culver Academies Golf Course, in Culver, Ind., announces the layout’s début on the 2017 Golfweek’s Best: Campus Courses list. The classic-era course, at #2 on the list, is the only course associated with a high school as opposed to a college or university. Another distinguishing feature is that the Culver Academies Golf Course is a nine-hole tract, one of only two on the list.
“The golf course will serve the Culver Academies community well, far into the future.”
Considered one of the finest nine-hole facilities in North America, the Culver Academies Golf Course originally was designed in the early 1920s by William Langford and his partner, Theodore Moreau, disciples of the C.B. Macdonald architectural style, with the intent of providing a first-class golf experience. During World War II, the bunkers went unattended and the greens gradually were reduced in size, due to mowing restrictions. Nonetheless, through the years many golfers played the austere-conditioned course and spread the word about its merits.
In keeping with the reputation of Culver Academies as a highly-regarded college preparatory boarding school – with top academics, competitive athletics and a strong record of student success – the school decided to restore its golf course to its former glory for use by students, parents, staff, alumni and guests. Several alumni, all avid golfers, initiated the plan to restore the 76-acre layout with the idea of honoring the original design’s spirit and key features. Bobby Weed Golf Design was asked to implement the restoration. Senior Design Associate Chris Monti oversaw the project, in which the bunkers were refurbished, the greens enlarged and the course lengthened to 3,230 yards.
Several tees were added to accommodate new golfers. In addition, a practice area was designed and built to enhance golf education. A head greenskeeper position was created so as to maintain the course to the highest standards. And a commitment was made to be good stewards of the environment, with a stringent approach to water and chemical use on the facility. A clubhouse, dubbed the Golf House, was remodeled and enlarged to enhance golfers’ education and experience. Above all, the restoration reflects the school’s pride and respect for both the past and the future of this fine institution and golf course.
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