PGA WEST® Continues Course Restoration Master Plan Project This Summer
As part of PGA WEST’s visionary, multi-year renovation project, the Pete Dye Mountain and Dunes Courses are closed for the summer for an extensive greens restoration project expected to be completed by Fall 2023. Three more championship Resort courses and Member courses remain open for play.
Tim Liddy, ASGCA Fellow, is overseeing the restoration of the Pete Dye Mountain and Dunes Courses, in addition to the Pete Dye Stadium Course which underwent Phase 1 improvements last Fall. Phase 2 of the Stadium restoration project will begin in Spring of 2024.
The Pete Dye Mountain and Dunes Courses renovation project entails removing the turf on the existing greens and area surrounding them. Liddy and his team are reshaping and expanding the greens back to their original size and character. The greens irrigation systems are also undergoing upgrades to improve efficiency and maximize water conservation.
Before (left) and after (right) illustrates how Liddy and team are softening and expanding the green on Dunes Course #14 to increase hole locations, allowing for greater speed on the putting surfaces. The contour lines are drawn every 1/10 of a foot.
Liddy has earned numerous awards and accolades and is a Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He has nearly three decades of experience working with Pete Dye, completing several of the legendary architect’s golf course projects on his own after Dye passed away in 2020.
Golf course “shapers” Scott Poole, Michael O’Connor and Ron Farris have joined Liddy on this project. Together, the four have over 65 years working directly with Pete Dye on courses that have held approximately 11 major championships, two Ryder Cups, two Solheim Cups, and countless PGA tournaments.”
The Pete Dye Mountain and Dunes Courses restoration project will utilize a state-of-the-art Robotic “Total Station” technology that will automatically guide the machine grading the greens from Liddy’s CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings, restoring the original topography with precision.
PGA WEST® is in the process of upgrading all nine of its renowned courses, representing some of the top golf course architects in the world including Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Weiskopf.
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cover photo: JP Henebry