Portfolio Naples February 2017 - Page 68

restoration of 18 greens and all green- side bunker complexes to the original size, look and feel. greens were restored with champion Bermuda replacing the original floradwarf turf. green sur- rounds and par three tees surfaces were replaced with 419 Bermuda replacing the original Paspalum turf. Both changes will allow for firmer, faster playing con- ditions, more year-round consistency, more tolerant in colder temperatures, able to produce exceptional quality and playing conditions for years to come. Picking up over 42,000 sq. ft. of greens surface will allow for several new pin po- sitions on every green. a number of fair- way bunkers were also removed for this rejuvenation project to allow for cleaner sight lines off the tee. e national layout is less open that 66 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE the international, but is just as challeng- ing. e two courses offer an interesting combination when played back-to-back. holes 7 through 10 play through orange groves, providing a nice traditional florida feature. norman has been active as a designer for thirty years. “my pro- fessional involvement in golf course de- sign began in 1986 as a consultant on a course in hawaii,” says norman. “i spent a lot of time on that project, and the more time i spent the more i grew interested in design. i was intrigued that my ideas and philosophies could actually be implemented on the ground and would in turn be there for generations to come. i knew i had a strategic view on design and not an aesthetic one.” to hone the skills necessary to con- quer the two norman courses, the prop- erty has the David leadbetter golf academy on site. golf magazine ranks it among the top 10 teaching facilities in the nation. it has four acres for its dou- ble-sided driving range, a two-acre short game practice facility with a separate pitching area that includes target greens and fairway bunkers. another golf re- source of the hotel property is the lighted par-3, nine-hole course. for aquatic activities the property has a variety of options, with more to open in June of 2017. expansion of resort pools will include 23,000 square feet of additional deck space, a resort wave pool, kid’s pool and 16 additional cabanas. ese features will complement the ex- isting 850-foot lazy river. e lazy river is shaded by an overgrowth of trees through most of its path. at the family