The George Bryan family, founders of Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi, announced that it has joined forces of nature- golf course architect Gil Hanse and outdoor brand Mossy Oak- to create a truly unique new golf experience with the ultimate detail in preserving nature. Mossy Oak Golf Club is set to open in 2017 and will feature 7,400 yards with a par of 72. The property will include a clubhouse and guest cabins to accommodate golf travelers. Together Hanse, Mossy Oak, the Bryan family and 76 founding members are creating a new premier golf destination that will be known as Nature’s Golf, a sustainable and mindful approach to course development that leaves a gentle footprint on the local habitat while delivering a world-class experience.
“Nature’s Golf is a perfect complement to Hanse’s minimalist approach to course design and a logical extension of the Mossy Oak brand,” said George Bryan and Toxey Haas, co-founders of the Mossy Oak Golf Club. “The lay of the land and depth of the untouched prairie will guide the development of this new course and fairway routings to the point of utilizing existing ridge views for the final green complexes on which legendary putts will be made.”
Many great courses are equally recognized for their natural beauty and minimalist design, but few have delivered a 360 degree natural experience from the course design and development. Not only will Mossy Oak be the namesake for this new course, but its team of experts are partnering with Hanse to prepare the land for the course, and guide the selection of native grasses, wildflowers and native trees to be used in the project.
“Mossy Oak is an iconic thought-leader in the outdoor industry and I’ve admired the approach that they have taken towards preservation and the love of the outdoors,” said Hanse. “We are excited to learn from each other and innovate in a way we approach the design of the overall golf experience. We believe that the outdoor enthusiast and avid golf traveler share a common love of nature, and the inherent qualities in this site will allow us to seek to create the ultimate in Nature’s Golf.”
For the last three decades, Mossy Oak has been pioneering new techniques to help land-owners manage the process of growing and maintaining natural habitats, and has grown from a leader in outdoor camouflage print into a family of recognized brands that enable people to live their best lives outdoors. The company’s Mossy Oak Properties is a leader in enabling land owners to secure prime recreational and hunting land. Through Gamekeepers, Mossy Oak delivers leadership in not only preserving and restoring natural habitats, but also in re-establishing native vegetation to nurture the survival of the local game wildlife. Its Native Nurseries division incorporates superior root system growth strategies to produce hearty vegetation that enable reforestation and habitat preservation.
“The literal mission statement of our entire company is connecting human beings with the outdoors and nature; the golf course is literally nature, ” said Toxey Haas. “Our goal is to create a truly unique golf experience and to develop it into not only one of the finest in the country, but in the world.”
In addition to the new golf club, Hanse has designed the practice facility to serve as the official home for the Mississippi State University(MSU) men’s and women’s golf teams. The facility incudes includes a 5 -green driving range, short-game training areas and a 16,000 square foot putting green formed into the shape of the state of Mississippi. The first phase also features a 6,400 square foot team clubhouse with locker rooms, players’ lounge, coaches offices, indoor putting center with SAM PuttLab training system, exercise room and conference room. The project will also feature a 2,400 square foot indoor hitting bay with 2 Trackman swing and ball flight analysis systems and a club repair room. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.
“We are honored and privileged to receive the generosity of our supporters and the partnership of Mossy Oak and Mr. Bryan to make this truly amazing practice facility a reality for our program” said Ginger Brown-Lemm, women’s head golf coach for MSU.. “This facility is a program changer for us and we are overjoyed by the partnership and vision of Mossy Oak Golf Club and Gil Hanse to make our dream a reality,” said Clay Homan, MSU men’s head golf coach.
Mossy Oak Golf Club is adjacent to the Jerry Pate and Bob Cupp designed Old Waverly Golf Club, considered one of the premier golf clubs in the Southeast. It has hosted the 1999 Women’s U. S. Open and the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup. The George and Marcia Bryan family have owned and operated Old Waverly since 1988 when it opened as a 7,200 yard, par 72 championship 18 hole golf course. For further information you can visit www.MossyOak.com or www.OldWaverly.com.
Gil Hanse formed his design company in 1993 in Malvern, Pennsylvania and in 2009 was selected “Architect of the Year” by GOLF Magazine. He has redesigned the ‘Blue Monster’ at Trump National Doral in Miami. In 2012, he was chosen to design the course in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics were golf will once again be a sport of competition. Just recently, The Mosaic Company chose Gil to design the third course at Streamsong Resort in Polk County, Florida.