Bobby Weed Golf Design to Update Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

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Bobby Weed Golf Design has been commissioned to update the Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The last restoration of the robust 1928 Herbert Strong design, completed by Bobby Weed Golf Design in 1998, returned the layout’s bold contours, brawny bunkering and character.

“For this new restoration, we intend to dramatically and comprehensively update every aspect of the layout,” said Weed. “Preparing it for the next generation of members and resort guests.”

Similar to the 1998 project, the scope of this restoration will address greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation, drainage, grassing bridges/bulkhead and landscaping. The links-like, windswept character of the course will be enhanced, and it is expected that the practice facilities will be improved. The Ocean Course will be closed for 11 months, beginning in August 2019.

The original 1928 design utilized an unprecedented level of earthmoving equipment. Strong’s work featured bold contours on a heroic scale that captured immediate notoriety. The iconic 9th was one of golf’s earliest examples of an island green, and the upstart course was tapped to host the 1939 Ryder Cup matches, although the matches were cancelled due to the onset of World War II.

From these historic beginnings, the Ocean Course has remained a cornerstone amenity of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. From time to time, significant capital investment has been made into the course to maintain its unique appeal and quality. The first occurred in 1947, followed by Bobby’s restoration in 1998. Weed also renovated the Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, in 2007.

The current restoration project under the direction of Bobby Weed Golf Design will establish a sturdy foundation on which the historic and beloved Ocean Course will embark on its second century.

About Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

The AAA Five Diamond rated Oceanfront Resort is Florida’s most prestigious club. From a rustic log cabin clubhouse and nine-hole golf course in 1928, to northeast Florida’s most  exclusive amenity-rich country club, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club continues its proud history of providing members and guests with the finest in service and facilities. The Club brings to mind images of quiet opulence, grace, and stateliness. Located on a sprawling beachfront site, the historic Inn offers a world of upscale oceanfront accommodations paired with fine service and a wide array of leisure pursuits. With 249 elegantly appointed guest rooms offering dazzling views of the Atlantic Ocean, this year-round sportsman’s paradise offers 36 holes of championship golf, 15 Har-Tru hydrocourt Tennis courts, a luxury spa with over 100 luxurious services, oceanfront pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center and miles of beaches. The culinary offerings are unmatched in Northeast Florida. Visit Pontevedra.com to learn more.

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