Lyman Orchards Undergoing Renovation

More than $2 million will be spent restoring the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, Conn. The Jones course closed November 30 and is slated for a spring 2009 re-opening. Lyman Orchards' other 18-hole course - designed by Gary Player - will remain open while the project is underway.

The course-enhancements plan - crafted by the Lyman family, Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, and the facility's operator, Billy Casper Golf (BCG) - calls for replacing the irrigation system, renovating all existing bunkers, adding new bunkers, improving drainage and creating better sight-lines for golfers.

"The main priority of this plan is to expand upon already outstanding playing conditions," said Dave Christenson, general manager of Lyman Orchards. "Adding fairway bunkers and improving the appearance of the course will further accentuate player strategy, create new shot values and increase course enjoyment for all golfers."

Another focus is maintaining trees bordering fairways and framing greens to improve turf and playability. The extensive pruning and underbrush removal will be the last major work to take place before re-opening.

"A healthy blend of tree thinning, drainage improvements and the visual impact of refurbished bunkers and redefined fairways will excite golfers even more," says Mark A. Mungeam, principal of Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, whose renovation projects include Olympia Fields (Ill.), host of the 2003 U.S. Open. "The Lyman family and Billy Casper Golf are further establishing Lyman Orchards as Connecticut's premier golf club, and this renovation is an important first step."

The scope of work - including installing a multi-row irrigation system with a more efficient pump station to reduce water usage - will align Lyman Orchards with the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary program. Following Audubon-approved steps for an environmentally-friendly golf course decreases pollution and protects wildlife habitat, and Lyman will experience reduced use of energy, water, pesticides and fertilizer.

The par-72, 7,011-yard Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course opened in 1969. The layout features rolling hills on the front nine and varying doglegs on the back. Meandering through acres of woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, the Jones Course offers four sets of tees on each hole and 44 bunkers. On the back nine, water comes into play on seven holes.

In 1994, PGA Hall of Fame golfer and course designer Gary Player opened Lyman Orchards' second course, a par-71, 6,725-yard track. "The Player Course" is sprinkled with deciduous trees and classic white pines. The routing takes players through apple orchards and features ample elevation changes throughout. On hole Nos. 11 and 13 especially, golfers are treated to 360-degree views of southern Connecticut's picturesque landscape.

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