Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club Completes Renovation

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Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club Completes Renovation

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa south of Naples, Florida is pleased to announce the completion of a greens and short-game area renovation to its highly regarded Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club. A par 72 championship golf course, Hammock Bay provides award-winning private golf amongst the picturesque natural surroundings of Marco Island’s tropical landscape with 18 individual and distinct golf holes.

The greens renovation featured the conversion to Tifeagle turf, which affords improved ball-roll, consistency and overall playability. The project also included design changes to the driving range tee area and the addition of a new chipping green and bunker complex for short game practice, all facilitated by the original golf course designers, Peter Jacobsen & Jim Hardy. With an emphasis on the boundless beauty of the area’s natural environment, the golf course at Hammock Bay was designed to provide an enjoyable yet challenging round to all golfers, regardless of their level of play. The contours, shape and orientation of the greens were designed with the approach shot in mind, and the green surroundings are fashioned to present the golfer with a variety of options. Multiple tees are available allowing juniors, seniors and beginners an enjoyable round while presenting the accomplished and low handicappers a real challenge. Bunkers are strategically positioned to allow a rick reward for the gambler, and add to the visual and aesthetic appeal and uniqueness.

The renovation completion of Hammock Bay compliments the recent $4 million redesign of the Marco Island Marriott Resort’s other private course, The Rookery, a bird sanctuary, also completed by Jacobsen & Hardy.  The entire 7,100 yard turf from tees to greens was replaced with Platinum Paspalum grass, enhancing its visual appeal and overall playability. Additionally, the Clubhouse was upgraded with new furnishings, flooring, lighting and more to return it to an “Old Florida” interior theme. Both the Rookery and Hammock Bay are recipients of Marriott’s Environmental Sustainability Performance Award(ESPA), which is based on four key achievement criteria including: Audubon certification, improving water conservation, reducing the overall carbon footprint and meeting a set of nearly 100 key conservation standards.

“Although each golf course has its own unique character, with the conversion of the greens at Hammock Bay to Tifeagle bermuda, we will now offer offer the best playing conditions at both courses. This will heighten the overall golf experience for our Members and guests,” said
Chris Major, General Manager at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

The renovations are all part of the journey as the resort prepares to convert to a JW Marriott brand property in 2017 during the third and final phase of the project. The Resort is undergoing a major $300 million expansion and is now in their second phase of planned developments and renovations which will continue over the next 14 months.

“As one of Southwest Florida’s premier golf destinations, we feel these improvements have moved our golf product from great to legendary, and we are now poised to compliment the new JW Marriott Marco Island coming in January 2017.” said GM Major.

To learn more you can visit www.MarcoIslandMarriott.com.

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Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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