The Clubs by JOE Announces Camp Creek Golf Course Renovation

The following letter was sent to all Lifestyle, Signature Golf, and Limited Members in late July 2019. The letter addresses the closure of Camp Creek Golf Club for the Summer of 2020 due to golf course renovations.

Dear Member,

After years of planning, we are excited about the proposed Camp Creek amenity expansion. Over the next month we anticipate commencing construction on this new offering for Members. This proposed expansion has provided an excellent opportunity for us to renovate our golf course conditions. We are committed to maintaining your private club at the highest level and improvements at Camp Creek were not a matter of if, but when. The Camp Creek renovation project will consist of new Celebration Bermuda grass to replace existing turf, including tees, fairways, and surrounds. The project will also include bunker and driving range refurbishment, cart path repairs, and a significant amount of native area improvements.  Construction on the proposed amenity expansion provides us with the chance to renovate the course during the heaviest period of construction. The main goal of the course renovation project is to ensure the long-term viability of the golfing experience for our Members.

A large project like this requires a great deal of thought and planning. The St. Joe Company executive team and club management have met with industry leaders from Auburn University and the University of Florida as well as third party turfgrass experts. Together we have created a formal plan for the renovation. This plan has been shared with and endorsed by The Clubs by JOE’s Member golf committee. We believe that, like them, you will be pleased with the direction that we have decided to take.

Camp Creek Golf Club was built in 2001 by renowned architect Tom Fazio. Today, nearly 20 years later, we find ourselves at a point where renovations are imperative to the future of Camp Creek. We feel the timing of this project is especially advantageous, given the proposed expansion of amenities at Camp Creek anticipated over the next couple years. There are also several agronomic reasons for this renovation. Over the years, the original El Toro species of zoysia grass used to highlight the bunkers has taken over our Bermuda grass. We have also found that the El Toro species is undesirable in the long-term. While the grass may look healthy and play well, El Toro becomes very weak and harder to recover over time. If left unrepaired, the course could continue to deteriorate and will never regain the high level of standards our Members are accustom to at The Clubs by JOE.

Scope of Work
The Clubs by JOE has enlisted the services of Landscapes Unlimited, a reputable golf course construction firm. We are confident that their experience and expertise will meet our standard of excellence for the project. The scope of work includes a total re-grassing of the course, except for the greens, to Celebration Bermuda. Along with the transition to Celebration Bermuda, we plan to refurbish bunkers with G-Angle sand. During this process, the Camp Creek maintenance staff will focus on all the details that make a golf course exceptional. This includes cleaning up native areas and repairing cart paths. We plan to create some new natural walking paths from green to tee for those that enjoy walking the course. We will also take this opportunity to do some tree work where needed. We have selected a process called a no-till procedure. This process involves spraying the existing grasses over a period of months to kill them before they are re-sodded. The advantage of no-till is that it requires less down-time compared to a complete reconstruction. However, this construction plan will require us to close Camp Creek Golf Club for Summer 2020.

Our current plan is to close Camp Creek in mid-March 2020 and aim to reopen in Fall 2020. We will begin spraying the existing grasses, except for the greens, starting July 29th. We will spray several times over the next few months and again in Spring 2020 before closing. To maintain quality playing conditions throughout the spraying process, we have decided to overseed the fairways and tees. We plan to continue to treat the greens as usual so that they can maintain their level of play throughout the process. During the closed summer months, we will re-sod and sprig the course and aggressively aerify the greens. During the closure, Shark’s Tooth will be open seven days a week, and guest play will be limited to after noon. We want to ensure that Members have adequate time to enjoy their course.

Much like the recent renovations at WaterSound Beach Club and the proposed plans for the future amenities at Camp Creek, the decision to pursue the project at this time was made to ensure that we are consistently elevating your Member experience.  We are confident that coupled with the proposed amenity expansion, this necessary golf course renovation will position Camp Creek, and The Clubs by JOE, among the top private clubs.  As stated earlier, we plan to reopen Camp Creek in the Fall of 2020, and we believe that you will be delighted with the changes that you will see.  The Clubs by JOE will continue to identify future opportunities to deliver on our goal of creating a unique club experience, enabling you and your family to create lifelong memories together.

Best Regards,

Mike Jansen
Managing Director, The Clubs by JOE