Golf course architect Chris Wilczynski says work is progressing on schedule at the new 18-hole course at Astor Creek Country Club in Port St. Lucie, FL., the first golf course community that Kolter Homes has developed from the ground up. Wilczynski has been making weekly site visits to oversee the work with golf construction company Ryangolf, landscape designer RVI, irrigation consultant Tony Altum, and irrigation contractor Nutt Irrigation.
The course, set to debut in Spring 2023, will be the centerpiece of the new gated community that sits on 682 acres and is planned for 900 new homes on the Treasure Coast.
“Our goal was to create an enjoyable and playable golf course for Kolter Homes’ new lifestyle community; one that will challenge players of all ages and skill levels and keep them inspired to play more golf.” Wilczynski said.
The course will have five sets of tees and plays from 3,500 yards to nearly 7,000 yards.
“We’ve incorporated a ribbon tee system which allows for a variety of tee placements and creates a seamless transition from tee to fairway. From a resource perspective, the same mower and laborer is used to manicure the tees and fairway which makes the maintenance of the tee system more efficient and sustainable, and helps save time and money,” Wilczynski said.
The bunker design at Astor Creek will feature steep grass faces, flat sand floors, and graceful lines. Sizes will vary from small pots to large waste b
unkers that meander through entire sections of the holes.
Given the nearly-flat topography of the site, several large lakes were dug to generate approximately 850,000 cubic yards of soil to help create the desired aesthetic and interest throughout the course.
“We have built undulation along the perimeters of the holes to specifically showcase the landscape materials and beds,’’ Wilczynski said. “The landscape is comprised of native oaks, pines, palms, and native grasses, and looks larger and more mature at this early stage, because of their strategic placements and elevations, lending a more vertical element to the property.”