The Club at New Seabury Completes Renovations on the Dunes Course Reshaped Features Enhances Playability and Experience.
By Brian Weis
The Club at New Seabury has completed renovations to The Dunes Course as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar Club investment - all in an effort to better position the course as a classically designed layout and improve the playability and enjoyment for all golfers. The course will open Memorial Day weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for May 24th at 12:45 pm. Chris Card, President & Executive Director will provide the welcome and opening remarks.
"We are excited to invite the New Seabury Members and Resort Guests to come and enjoy an enhanced experience on The Dunes Course," said Jim Clay, New Seabury's Director of Golf. "We were receptive to feedback on how we could make the course more enjoyable and expect golfers of all levels will be delighted with the changes, many at their encouragement."
The Dunes Course, which sits on 125 acres within New Seabury proper, sits inland and threads through wetlands and woods. It now features redesigned and rebuilt, repositioned bunkers; expanded fairway edges through the green, re-contoured mounds and softened slopes on multiple greens, as well as the relocation of cart paths on designated holes.
Several approaches were also reshaped to give golfers an option and avenue to access the greens without forced carries, allowing the higher handicap player with lower shot trajectory a chance to get rewarded for their shot. And with the same concept in mind, many fairways were expanded. The most visible change in fairways is on the former 7th hole, which is now the 16th hole. Prior to the renovation, golfers were forced to carry a large pond to access the green from 140 yards or lay up well left to a small patch of rough.
Two greens were also completely redesigned and repositioned. Now, the 18th (previously 9th) hole will be a great risk reward par 5 finishing hole, as players with length will be challenged to carry the pond short and left of the green, with an accurate shot towards a well-contoured green with a false front. Players laying up will need to navigate their way around a new fairway bunker on the right, and the pond long left, before hitting their third shot over water. "The 18th hole will be a great finishing hole - a hole that is sure to determine the outcome of many matches," added Clay. "We believe the collective enhancements and playability of The Dunes Course will be greeted enthusiastically."
According to Scott Nickerson, Director of Agronomy and Project Manager, "The first priority of the project was the full bunker renovation, which included 79 bunkers that were redesigned and repositioned for today's golfer. The bunkers went from deep and challenging to a little more forgiving and now provide golfers of all skill levels a chance to hit shots from a very consistent sand surface."
The Dunes Course project spanned three months until completion and was designed by Architect Bruce Hepner, of Hepner Golf Design and constructed by Agriscapes Golf Course Construction.
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Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
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