Alameda Golf Course Renovations
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.
to you and to your total enjoyment of the facility.
SOUTH COURSE REDESIGN UNDERWAY BY FAMED GOLF ARCHITECT REES JONES:
The improvments underway on the South Course are going to deliver a new golf course unlike any in the Bay area. Archtiect Rees Jones describes the new design as a minimist design more like you would find in Australia, where you can play the ball to the hole by air or ground. The redesign and full remodel will follow much of the former layout 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 fully re-grassed with the most drought tollerant hybrid Santa Ana Bermuda, which requires less water and works perfectly with the current reclaimed water the course uses to irrigate turf. Along with the re-grassing, new drainage and irrigation will be completed to achieve a consistent playing surface for all weather elements.
South Course reopening scheduled for fall of 2017.
About South Course Golf Course Architect 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).
- New practice range with high quality range balls, mats and and beautiful natural grass targets (completed 2013)
- 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. (Est. opening fall 2017)
- New cart paths, improved drainage and grassing of Earl Fry North Course. (est. 2018)
Other Improvements Include:
- Premium Turf Private Practice Area (now open for Practice Range Members)
- New re-gripping station in range building (now open)
- New club fitting services with latest radar technology and expert fitters (now available)
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.
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 with a complete premium daily fee use private practice area with the finest natural grass turf. Dust off your clubs and come check out the new view!
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