(LINCOLN, NE) – Golf development and construction company Landscapes Unlimited, golf course architect Tripp Davis and the Atlanta Athletic Club are teaming to turnkey a complete renovation of the venerable club’s Riverside Course.
AAC boasts a rich history of hosting the best events in the game, including the men’s and women’s U.S. Open (1976, 1990), three men’s PGA Championships (1981, 2001, 2011) and the Men’s US Amateur (2014).
In early January, work will commence on changes to Riverside’s tees, fairways, greens and bunkers. Infrastructure upgrades also include installation of a new state-of-the-art irrigation system, sand capping of fairways, and enhanced drainage. AAC’s Highlands Course will remain open during the project.
In addition to enhanced playing surfaces, the rebuild will create more strategic features course-wide affording multiple set-up options to make members’ rounds as challenging, fun and interesting as desired. While each hole will be memorable, highlights include No.4, a precision-oriented par 4 with a green sitting just above the Chattahoochee River, and No. 14, a very drivable par 4 with the river more in play as a lurking risk from tee to green.
Tripp Davis & Associates, Landscapes Unlimited and AAC leadership began collaborating on strategies earlier this year, with the advance planning allowing for generous lead time for purchases of pipe, sand and other materials to offset supply chain delays.
“I’m always excited to work with the highly talented and organized Landscapes Unlimited team,” says Davis. “Landscapes eases the process of managing construction that allows me to focus more time on the creative details which make a world of difference to the playing and visual quality of the golf course.”
ACC is a homecoming for Davis who spent his childhood in Atlanta where he learned about this history of golf and how to play. Davis calls his work for ACC, a club the legendary Bobby Jones called home, “a dream come true.”
Landscapes Unlimited will utilize its next generation “M4” premium UAV/ drone-data service to map, measure, model and manage the project lifecycle and budget. This technological advancement, supplemented by terrestrial survey equipment data, ranges from digital surface modeling and topographic contour mapping to real-time, comprehensive documentation. M4’s sophistication promotes, in real-time, symbiotic and collaborative opportunities between Landscapes, TDA and AAC from pre-construction to grand re-opening of the Riverside Course.
“Long-term relationships are borne from solid communications with ultimate transparency,” says Brian Vitek, Chief Operating Officer of Landscapes Unlimited. “Tripp’s vision and deft creative touch, along with AAC’s institutional knowledge led by its talented director of agronomy Lukus Harvey, is destined to make ACC one of the best renovations in recent history.”
About Landscapes Unlimited
Forty-five years young, family owned-and-operated Landscapes Unlimited is the recognized leader in golf course development, construction and renovation. This claim is backed by its regionalized experts implementing modern-day best practices and technological advancements though trained expertise, fiscal prudency and a culture promoting unwavering success. Landscapes Unlimited has built thousands of famous golf courses includes major tournament and PGA Tour event hosts as well as revered local layouts of various shapes, sizes and budgets. Landscapes Unlimited’s involvement with four First Tee chapters demonstrates a strong commitment to grow the game and business of golf. It also excels at building sports fields for professional teams, colleges and municipalities. Sister company Landscapes Golf Management is one of America’s largest and most trusted operator of golf courses and country clubs across 20 states.
More information: www.landscapesunlimited.com, 402.423.6653.
About Tripp Davis & Associates
Based in Norman, OK and led by Tripp Davis, the celebrated golf course architect whose career spans 27 years, TDA’s portfolio ranges from original designs like Old American Golf Club in Texas and Turtle Dunes Country Club in Acapulco, Mexico, to renovations like Burning Tree Country Club in Connecticut and restorations like Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club and The Powelton Club in New York. The company is currently involved in the renovation of the storied The International outside Boston.
More information: www.tdagolfnet, 405.447.5259.
About Atlanta Athletic Club
For nearly 125 years, Atlanta Athletic Club’s mission has been to deliver exceptional, family-focused experiences consistently exceeding expectations of all it serves while preserving the heritage, traditions and reputation for championship golf. The club is renowned for personalized service and its presence as a social and recreational hub for members. Located about 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Georgia, in Johns Creek, AAC is known internationally for its outstanding golf, fitness, tennis, aquatics, dining and social amenities. The club boasts two championship 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole par-3 course, fitness center, outdoor clay tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility, Olympic-sized pool and magnificent clubhouse with indoor-outdoor social spaces and dining facilities.
More information: www.atlantaathleticclub.org, 770.448.2166.