In this episode of the TurfNet Renovation Report, presented by Golf Preservations and Jacobsen, host Jon Kiger chats with Ann Kattreh, Director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Edina, Minnesota, and Richard Mandell, ASGCA, about the upcoming renovation of the Braemar Golf Course.
Braemar will be reduced from 27 to 18 holes, with the extra elbow room for the new 18 allowing expanded wetland buffer areas, wider fairways, and larger greens and tee boxes.
In order to keep maintenance costs in line, only 44 sand bunkers will be created, ground contours will include simple rolls and undulations to enable efficient mowing, and hand work will be minimized.
Mandell discusses his philosophy of tee shot distance equity that intends for golfers of various abilities to play the same club -- not necessarily the same distance -- into a green.
Construction started in October with opening slated for the summer of 2018.