Thursday, May 21, 2015

Magnolia Green’s New 18-Hole Golf Course Scheduled for June 2 Opening

Magnolia Green Golf Club Testament to iStar Residential’s Commitment to 
Creating Richmond’s Leading Community

(MOSELEY, Va.) – Magnolia Green – central Virginia’s premier multi-generational, active-lifestyle residential community – announces the new 18-hole Magnolia Green Golf Club will open to the public on Friday, June 2.

First unveiled as a nine-hole Westham Golf Club in 2010, Magnolia Green Golf Club is a semi-private Nicklaus Design in association with Tom Clark. It has been masterfully expanded into a par-72, 7,150-yard layout under the watchful eye of iStar Residential, one of the U.S.’s leading developers of master-planned communities. iStar invested more than $3 million to build the new nine, making Magnolia Green only the second 18-hole course to open in Virginia since 2010.

The Billy Casper Golf-managed layout is enjoyable for players of all abilities and a cornerstone of Magnolia Green, Richmond’s best-selling residential development. To date, iStar has invested nearly $50 million in the community with a second residential phase and $10 million amenity package – which will include an aquatics center, golf clubhouse and tennis facility – scheduled to break ground in 2015.

“Magnolia Green has more of the look and feel of a course in the Carolinas, making it unique to the Richmond market,” says Bobby Kidder, General Manager of Magnolia Green Golf Club. “It’s a strategic, second-shot golf course with wide fairways, short rough and sloping greens.”

Nicklaus Senior Design Associate Chris Cochran oversaw design and construction of the new nine, expertly incorporating the area’s indigenous natural beauty with Bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass putting surfaces draped over undulating terrain. His team worked hard to meld the pre-existing nine with the new holes.

“We developed a fresh strategy for each hole while massaging what was already there,” he says. “We kept the course’s basic routing the same, but worked on design features like yardages to create more variety and excitement.”

Memorable tests include a reverse Redan-style par-3 third hole which invites players to aim left so the slope will help guide tee shots down to the green, and a long par-4 18th featuring an elevated green well-defended by a water hazard.

The course will also be open to members beginning June 2. Greens fees range from $40 - $60 on weekdays and $50 - $70 on weekends, and club memberships are available.

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