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Business Observer Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 1 year ago

Golf course reopens after extensive renovation

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Shadow Wood Country Club's North Course was closed down for most of the summer.
by: Mark Gordon Managing Editor

BONITA SPRINGS — Shadow Wood Country Club reopened its North Course this month following a summer-long renovation project.

The renovation was completed under the direction of Rees Jones, president of Montclair, N.J-based Rees Jones, Inc. Golf Course Design. Jones is a long-time friend of the original course designer Bob Cupp, who died last year. With the help of Cupp's son Bobby, Jones used the late Cupp's hole-by-hole notes to help guide him with the renovation, according to a statement.

“Our main focus, which the membership shared, was to preserve the essence of Bob's original design, but at the same time update the course to today's standards,” Jones says in the statement.

The renovations included a new set of membership tees, rebuilt greens and re-contoured green surfaces. All greenside bunkers were redesigned and rebuilt, and some were removed to create closely mowed chipping areas that add to the shot options that can be played around the greens, the release states. Rock walls around the ponds were rebuilt to address playability and to enhance their visual appearance. Fairway bunkers were added, reconstructed, relocated or removed in light of today's play, the release adds. “We did a comprehensive review of the design of the course and strategically enhanced how each hole is played,” Jones says.

A private, member-owned club in Bonita Springs near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Coconut Road, Shadow Wood Country Club includes three distinctly different championship golf courses. The cost of the renovation project wasn't disclosed.

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