BobbyWeed.com) has been commissioned to update the Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The last restoration of the robust 1928 Herbert Strong design, completed by Bobby Weed Golf Design in 1998, returned the layout’s bold contours, brawny bunkering and wind-swept character.
“For this new restoration, we intend to dramatically and comprehensively update every aspect of the layout,” said Bobby Weed, “preparing it for the next generation of members and resort guests.”
The original 1928 design utilized an unprecedented level of earthmoving equipment. Strong’s work featured bold contours and a heroic scale that captured immediate notoriety. The iconic 9th was one of golf’s earliest examples of an island green, and the upstart course was tapped to host the 1939 Ryder Cup matches, although the matches were cancelled due to the onset of World War II.
From these historic beginnings, the Ocean Course has remained a cornerstone amenity of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. From time to time, significant capital investment has been made into the course to maintain its unique appeal and quality. The first occurred in 1947, followed by Bobby Weed Golf Design’s restoration in 1998. Weed also renovated the Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in 2007.
The current restoration project under the direction of Bobby Weed Golf Design will establish a sturdy foundation on which the historic and beloved Ocean Course will embark on its second century.
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