Renovations of Pine Course at The Grand Club Nearly Complete

LandMar Group, its affiliate, Hampton Golf Clubs Inc., and Palmer Course Design are nearly complete with an extensive renovation of the Pine Course at The Grand Club in Palm Coast, Fla. The multi-million-dollar project involves upgrades to the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and clubhouse. The course and clubhouse will reopen in mid-December of this year with a grand opening.

"With the advent of new, more sophisticated technology and golf equipment, players today are driving the ball farther than ever," said project manager Chris Hill. "As changes to the way the game is played become prevalent, the courses on which players tee it up must also change with the times. When the renovations are complete, golfers who have been familiar with the course and enjoyed playing it will recognize its character and integrity are the same just improved."

The remodel of the 7,050-yard course involves a modernization of the layout, designed by Palmer in 1980. The project involves: adding 100-150 yards and four to five new tees; landscaping and trees to create a buffer from the local roads; a redesign and re-grassing of the greens; new and rebuilt bunkers; and a widening of the fairways. According to Hill, the renovations will accommodate both low and high handicap golfers.

"When we acquired the Pine Lakes course a little over two years ago, our vision was to take this enjoyable public golf course and enhance it by updating the course layout and making the experience more of a club atmosphere," said LandMar regional manager Jim Cullis. "We have seen a groundswell of support from the membership who will be delighted with the course and facilities when they reopen in January."

The Pine Course, along with the Matanzas Course and the Cypress Course, were acquired by LandMar Group in 2004 as part of the company's comprehensive lifestyle concept, The Grand Club. The company and its affiliate Hampton Golf Inc. are doing extensive renovations to each of the courses and their facilities. Once renovations are complete, members of The Grand Club will have access to three fully renovated golf courses by Palmer and Gary Player. The structure of the club will also change to private membership and all facilities will be for the exclusive use of Grand Club members.

The Pine Course is located just two miles west of Interstate 95 off the main Palm Coast exit (Palm Coast Parkway). Its clubhouse will be the largest of the three new clubhouses and will serve as the main meeting and dining facility for Grand Club members.