A complete renovation of all bunkers at the World Golf Hall of Fame King & Bear Course has been completed by Nicklaus Design.
Jack Nicklaus was one of the co-designers of the second Hall of Fame course, along with the late Arnold Palmer. It opened in 2000 and remains the only joint design by the two Hall of Fame members, who won 137 PGA Tour titles and 25 major championships between them.
Jack Nicklaus II, who is president of his father’s design firm, said “it was an honor and pleasure” for Nicklaus Design to oversee the bunker project.
“I grew up watching my father and Mr. Palmer compete, but more importantly, I witnessed one of the greatest friendships you might ever find in any sport,” he said in a statement. “When they had the chance to collaborate on the King & Bear, I know it was a tremendous opportunity that both of them embraced. The result was a wonderful tribute to the game of golf and the way they see it played.”
The bunkers at the King & Bear have been lined with Capillary Concrete, a trademarked material that virtually eliminates wash-outs, soil contamination, plugged ball lies and other bunker maintenance problems. The sports-base drainage and hydrating material was laid under the sand.
Construction work was done by Jacksonville contractor MacCurrach Golf.
All of the bunkers have been filled with g-angle sand. The manufacturing process of the sand cracks, crushes, and grinds course silica sand into angular particles. These particles interlock to create firmer, more playable bunkers that are less expensive to maintain. G-angle sand provides greater wind resistance and excellent drainage to prevent washouts.
“Overall, the work that has been done will enhance the playability for golfers while easing maintenance requirements for our staff. We are thrilled with the work that has been completed and couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming spring season,” said Bob Barrett, CEO of Honours Golf, in a statement.
Honours Golf manages the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire.
Northern Chapter presents awards
The Northern Chapter PGA announced its 2016 awards, with Matt Borocz of the TPC Sawgrass named chapter professional of the year and Charles Raulerson of Sole Golf (which manages the Country Club of Orange Park and the Golf Club of Fleming Island) named player of the year and senior player of the year based on the final points standings of chapter tournaments.
In other awards:
Assistant of the year: Alex Abbruzza, TPC Sawgrass.
Player development: Bryan Kipnis of Eagle Harbor (youth) and Rhonda Ferguson, Bent Creek (overall player development).
Merchandising: Clint Avret, Timuquana (private); Bruce Mohler, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club (resort); Jon Fine, Windy Harbor (public).
Patriot Golf Leader: Bud Dolores, Marsh Creek.
Horton Smith Award: Jim Lohbauer of Deerwood (for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education).
Bill Strausbaugh Award: Derek DiStefano, South Hampton (for mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community).
Teacher of the year: Cary Splane, Marsh Creek.
Amateur of the year: Jacksonville Area Golf Association president Fred Seely.
Superintendent of the year: Clayton Estes, San Jose.
Sales representative of the year: Chandler Altman, Cutter & Buck.
Carlson paces Florida State
Corey Carlson of Green Cove Springs had his career best finish in a college tournament as he tied for third to lead the Florida State golf team to second in the team standings in the Southern Intercollegiate last week, at the Athens (Ga.) Country Club.
Carlson, a sophomore, shot 71-68—139 (5-under par) in the 36-hole, one-day tournament, with the ‘Noles shooting 9-under as a team. He had 11 birdies.
FSU senior Josh Lee of Fleming Island tied for 23rd at 1-over.