Camp Creek Golf Course Renovation

The Watersound Club expansion 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 consisted of new Celebration Bermuda grass to replace existing turf, including tees, fairways, and surrounds. The project also included bunker and driving range refurbishment, cart path repairs, and a significant amount of native area improvements. The main goal of the course renovation project was to ensure the long-term viability of the golfing experience for our Members.

BACKGROUND
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 accustomed to at Watersound Club.

SCOPE OF WORK
Watersound Club enlisted the services of Landscapes Unlimited, a reputable golf course construction firm. We were confident that their experience and expertise will meet our standard of excellence for the project. The scope of work included a total re-grassing of the course, except for the greens, to Celebration Bermuda. Along with the transition to Celebration Bermuda, we refurbished bunkers with G-Angle sand. During this process, the Camp Creek maintenance staff focused on all the details that make a golf course exceptional. This included cleaning up native areas and repairing cart paths. We created some new natural walking paths from green to tee for those that enjoy walking the course. We also took this opportunity to do some tree work where needed. We engaged in a process called a no-till procedure. This process involved 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 downtime compared to a complete reconstruction. However, this construction plan required us to close Camp Creek Golf Course for Summer 2020.

TIMELINE
Starting in July 2019, we began spraying the existing grasses, except for the greens. We continued to 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 decided to overseed the fairways and tees. We closed Camp Creek in mid-March 2020. During the closed summer months, we re-sodded and sprigged the course and aggressively aerified the greens. The entire course renovation project was completed in Fall 2020.