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 Golf Course Renovations in Alameda

Greenway Golf and the City of Alameda is committed to the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, to you and to your total enjoyment of the facility.




The South Course renovations are going as planned with some of the holes really starting to take shape. The overall layout of the front will pretty much following the same routing, but a few holes will change. For example, the old first hole changes from a shorter par 4 into a par 5 that slightly doglegs right and finishes close to the old second green, so even with the routing staying the same, the course will have a totally different feel.

The fairways will be re-grassed with a hybrid bermuda, which works perfectly with the current reclaimed water the course uses to irrigate with. Along with the re-grassing, new drainage and irrigation will be completed to achieve a consistent playing surface for years to come. Pending wet weather which we desperately need, the Front 9 of the South will be re-shaped and seeded by the Spring of 2015. From there the crew will move directly into the back 9 improvements with a grand opening date in 2016.

About Golf Course Architect Mr. Rees Jones: Rees Jones grew up traveling with his family to golf courses all over the world, working summers for his father, well known golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. After college he worked as a principal in Robert Trent Jones, Inc.; ten years later he founded his own design firm, Rees Jones, Inc.

Mr. Jones has designed or redesigned more than 170 golf courses in his career, including both private and municipal-owned facilities. His success has earned him the moniker “The Open Doctor” for his redesign of courses in preparation for major championships. His remodeling skills have been applied to seven U.S. Open venues, seven PGA Championship courses, four Ryder Cup and two Walker Cup sites as well as the President’s Cup. Several of his redesigned courses have been selected as FedEx Championship sites including East Lake Golf Club, the permanent site of the PGA TOUR’s Tour Championship.

Among his notable original designs are Nantucket Golf Club, Atlantic Golf Club, The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, Haig Point Club, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club , along with redesigns of Torrey Pines and Monterey Peninsula CC.

Mr. Jones has been recognized many times for his contributions to the game. His awards include the 2013 Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the 2012 Robert Moses Master Builder Award, The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Old Tom Morris Award in 2004 and he has been included on Golf Digest Magazine’s list of the top five architects (Currently No. 2).


Major improvements include:

  • Completed new practice range in Summer of 2013 (high quality range balls, mats and targets)
  • New world-class, short-game practice area opened July 4th 2014
  • Complete reshaping and grassing of the par-3 course Opened May 24th 2014
  • Complete renovation of Jack Clark South Course  by world renowned golf architect Rees Jones. When completed, Alameda will have the only Rees Jones-designed golf course in the East Bay Area.
  • New cart paths, improved drainage and grassing of Earl Fry North Course.

The new view at the practice range.

Other Improvements Include:

  • Premium Turf Practice Area (opening soon)
  • New re-gripping station in range building (now open)
  • New club fitting services with latest radar technology and expert fitters (now available)

CLICK HERE to see photos of the range renovation process from start to finish!

before after


Greenway Golf’s renovation of the Lucious Bateman Driving Range provides golfers with a higher quality practice experience and instructors with a first class teaching facility. Significant upgrades of the range include removal of the artificial turf, reshaping and addition of attractive target greens and bunkers, installation of environmentally sustainable natural grass and the addition of a real turf hitting area.

During the first two weeks of construction the artificial turf was removed and the reshaping of the field started.

New landscaping at the practice range.

New landscaping at the practice range.

Greenway took extra care removing the artificial turf so that it could be reused as sand bunker liner versus going in a landfill. This took a few extra days but is well worth it from an environmental perspective. The next couple of weeks involved installing storm drainage and laying out the irrigation

system. Once drainage & irrigation was complete the next stage was to prep the surface before sodding. This includes stone picking, final float off, adding perforated drainage around the catch basins and finally soil amendments & sod. The final step was laying sod. Three different types of grass were used: the tee line and general landing areas are a hybrid Bermuda and will be the lightest shade of green, the target green surfaces are a darker Rye grass and the perimeter and aprons are a Fescue grass with the darkest color.

The range is now reopened with brand new mats and full flight golf balls while we complete the premium turf area and the other final touches to the practice facility. Dust off your clubs and come check out the new view!



 This image was shown during the March presentation by Rees Jones regarding the future renovation of the Jack Clark South Course. This preliminary overlay maps Mr. Jones’ basic vision and intent. As he put it, “Bill Bell cut the cloth well,” and he does not intend to change the routing of the course, but will be making changes that will greatly improve the drainage and will “bring the course back to the essence of the game” while making it “a course that can be enjoyed by everybody.” Mr. Jones also commented, “I am really happy to be working with Greenway… the conditioning they perform is really above any other company… they have the same dedication that I do.”






Come play Chuck Corica again and for the first time.
Even long-time devotees of Chuck Corica will be thrilled with these improvements. It will be like playing your favorite old course for the very first time.

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