Weed Golf Design to Manage Palatka Golf Club

Citing an opportunity to reverse a string of annual operating losses, the Palatka (Fla.) City Commission voted unanimously in March 2010 to contract with Bobby Weed Golf Design, Inc. to manage the municipal Donald Ross-designed Palatka Golf Club.

Weed's firm will partner with Dublin, Ohio-based T2 Golf Solutions, LLC to propose a comprehensive vision for the course that includes design, agronomic, infrastructural and operational improvements. Critical to the upgrades will be an adherence to Donald Ross' original design.

"We have long advocated that golf course designers need to be aware of and influence the business aspects of any course's operation, more so today than ever before," said Weed. "Our partnership with T2 allows us to offer a broad and unique spectrum of integrated services that directly benefits the bottom line. By ensuring that capital projects have a solid economic rationale, our creativity creates commerce."

One of approximately 20 municipal Donald Ross-designed courses remaining in the U.S., Palatka Golf Club has been in operation since 1925 and is the long-running host of the Florida Azalea and Senior Azalea Amateur tournaments. Together with the Ravine Gardens State Park and St. Johns River, the venue is one of the amenities for which the city is known.

"The irreversible impact of losing such a vital, historical resource was not lost on the community," added Weed. "We are already seeing unified support that crosses over the boundaries between the city, Putnam County, residents that golf, and residents that do not.

"Our responsibility is to protect and enhance this partnership as we invest in improving the golf course."