Virginia Golfer May / June 2015 - Page 18

VSGA Member Clubs Green’s Day For example, ever since Nicklaus teamed with Tom Doak on the design of Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., 10 years ago, his greens have become more undulating, even wavy. For his part, Clark is pleased that, while the putting surfaces have plenty of “movement,” there are no steep terraces or pronounced whalebacks. Clark firmly believes the average player deserves a relatively flat putt and a few decent looks at par or birdie during the round. Nicklaus Design came in with the clout of the game’s greatest champion behind it. “Eighty percent of the dirt was already moved, and the clearing lines for the hole The holes at Magnolia Green Golf Club have a distinct feel and eye-catching aesthetics, including at the par-4 18th hole. corridors were completed, so we redeveloped a new strategy for each golf hole and massaged what was already here,” explains Chris Cochran, a senior design associate for Nicklaus. “For example, we worked on the yardages quite a bit to create more variety in length on several of the holes. “The seventh hole was shortened to create a ‘reachable-in-two’ par 5 for big hitters, and we shortened the long par-4 ninth to create an interesting drive-and-pitch hole.” The end product to complete the first nine was a developer-mandated change that created room for the club’s extensive short game practice area. Among the holes that show the Clark influence are the par-3 third, a reverse Redan that invites players to aim their tee shots well left of the target and let the slope feed the MAGNOLIA GREEN GOLF CLUB (2) L ocated 30 minutes southwest of Richmond in historic Chesterfield County, Magnolia Green is promoting itself as central Virginia’s premier multigenerational, active lifestyle residential community. Its road to prominence has been anything but smooth, but golf-wise, the club’s centerpiece is a unique collaborative design that will likely be embraced by players. First conceived as Westham Golf Club, the 3,000-acre development had its plug pulled for six years by the financial meltdown. The property is now owned by iStar Residential, one of the nation’s largest investors in luxury condominiums, multifamily and masterplanned developments. The original routing for the golf course was devised by architect Tom Clark, who has dozens of mid-Atlantic design credits to his name, dating back to the 1970s. Nine of the 18 h