When you build a golf course feature, the idea is to make it appear as if it was never built at all. A lifelong interest in geology and soil is a helpful first step in understanding natural looking landforms and then being able to implement them through tools big and small. Get the forms close with the machine, but get the final look and texture right with the sand pro and hand tools.
Redlands Country Club, Redlands, CA (Alister MacKenzie 1926; Phases 1 + 2 of Todd Eckenrode renovation 2016 + 2017)
Halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, the city of Redlands is one of the more historic among the Inland Empire. It is also home to a golf course that Alister MacKenzie redesigned in 1926. Architect Todd Eckenrode has been brought in to bring back some of the MacKenzie character and intent as well as open up some of the many vistas across the valley to the nearby San Bernardino Mountains. The work scope is similar to Orinda but smaller in scale.
The first phase involved greens expansions, bunker relocation, and bunker rebuilding on the adjoining 1st and 4th holes. The second phase involved a similar scope for the 2nd and 3rd holes with the exception of the 2nd green, which was totally rebuilt but in the same style as the existing original green. The idea was to preserve the strategy, playing characteristics, and drama of the previous green while adding more hole location possibilities, which will make it more dynamic on a day-to-day basis.
Working at this delightful site has been a very fun opportunity to emulate the style of one my design heroes, Dr. MacKenzie.