Drew Rogers to renovate Willie Park Jr. design at Pine Lake Country Club

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Drew Rogers has been hired to carry out a renovation of the training course at Pine Lake Region Club.

Situated in Orchard Lake, Michigan, the training course was previously recognized as the Car Club of Detroit, and the initial 9 holes had been laid out by Willie Park Jr. in 1919. The club was given its existing title in 1921, and a further 9 holes opened in 1924, also made by Park Jr.

Rogers has experienced accessibility to a classic aerial photograph (pictured previously mentioned) and will use the impression to influence the approaching task.

“The story of this club is one particular of continuous transformation and influence,” defined Rogers. “To say the training course has been ‘tinkered with’ given that 1924 would be an understatement. Holes have been repositioned. Greens have radically modified form. Holes have been rebunkered and loads of trees planted. Today, it feels like you are actively playing a few or 4 different golfing programs out there.

“However, what the aerials make very clear is that Pine Lake in the 1930s was nonetheless a exceptional, cohesive format. My job is to refurbish the course to that large regular, even though also creating a increased regularity of this vintage design and character. That’s the place the aerial pictures is such a massive help. It presents me something to go on, in phrases of hazard placement, for instance. It confirms some of the observations I experienced previously produced about original shapes of certain greens, bunker placement, the alignment of fairways and the presence of vegetation, or lack thereof.”

Rogers’ JDR Design Group company is presently working on a amount of large-profile renovation tasks, which includes at the Harry Colt-created Aged Elm Club around Chicago and the Tom Bendelow-developed training course at Spring Lake Region Club in Michigan.

“I have a good deal of regard for the knowledge Drew possesses on golfing program architecture and style, and have significantly admired his function at Outdated Elm Club,” said the Pine Lake’s superintendent Terry Poley. “With the management and vision Drew delivers to this undertaking, we will be in a position to restore Pine Lake’s heritage as one particular of the very best golfing programs in South East Michigan.”

Rogers has examined Pine Lake and its aerial archives considering that 2012, and feels that the holes closest to the clubhouse nowadays are the types that most resemble the Park Jr. holes highlighted in the classic, aerial images.

“That provides us a fairly great roadmap to comply with, a sound foundation of comprehension that we can use as a stylistic foundation,” mentioned Rogers. “Our improvement prepare at Pine Lake is a lot more than mere style. We want to get over challenges with drainage, bunker design, turf wellness, and tackle the clutter of trees that has developed up or been planted in excess of the training course of a long time. Park was a learn of the craft. His perform below is worth preserving in any way we can. Our goal listed here is to mesh his legacy with the standard design and style idiom in which I desire to operate.”

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