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Victory Golf Course Opened January 7, 2024

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Delray Beach, Fla.

 

Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla. debuted its highly anticipated Victory Course renovation on Jan. 7. The club enlisted golf course architect Kipp Schulties and South Florida Golf Renovations as the contractor of choice to completely redesign its Victory Course with new tees, fairways and greens, a state-of-the-art irrigation system, and new wood bulkhead retaining walls. Complementing the architectural improvements is a new landscape design that enhances the overall ambiance of the new golf course.

“We dug new lakes, and reshaped others to improve playability and minimize forced carries,” said Director of Golf Course Maintenance Jason Bagwell. “We relocated many trees that have gotten bigger over the past 20 years. Now, they are placed in areas where they will flourish,” continues Bagwell referring to the native Florida oak trees, sable palms, royal palms, and coconut trees.

Concrete cart paths were also part of the new design.

The renovation project has focused on elevating every aspect of the already pristine golf course to meet the highest standards of quality and aesthetics. The club caters to golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Other enhancements include:

– State-of-the-art turf management: Gleneagles Country Club has invested in cutting-edge turf management practices to ensure optimal playing conditions year-round. The new turf not only enhances the visual appeal but also provides golfers with a consistent and enjoyable playing surface.

– A unique Par 3 overlay: This additional set of tees provides hole distances between 75 and 160 yards and basically creates a separate golf course within the championship golf course. Every single hole, whether it be a par four or a par five, has a short tee. This allows golfers to grab a quick game of golf, which can be played in two hours or less and is attractive to South Florida players who don’t want to spend extended amounts of time in the sun or want to play a little golf and grab lunch within a shorter time frame. In addition, this course has a separate scorecard.

– Bunker redesign: The golf course now features the latest bunkers that not only add a visual flair but also pose exciting challenges to players of varying skill levels. The improved bunkering enhances the overall layout and strategic elements of the course.

– Revamped greens: The greens have undergone a total renovation to ensure smooth and true ball roll. Golfers will appreciate the precision and consistency of the putting surfaces, contributing to a more rewarding golfing experience.

– Enhanced water features: Existing water features have been revitalized to create stunning focal points across the course. The incorporation of new water elements, including redesigned lakes, adds both beauty and strategic interest to the overall golfing landscape.

– Landscaping and scenic views: Gleneagles Country Club has invested in enhancing the landscaping surrounding the golf course, providing golfers with stunning views at every turn. The meticulous attention to detail extends beyond the fairways, creating an immersive and visually appealing environment.

Gleneagles Country Club is currently at full capacity with 800 golf members. The club’s Legends and Victory courses are expected to see more than 50,000 rounds of golf this year. The golf department hosts more than 250 events a year including men’s and ladies’ league play and mixed couples tournaments.

400 members participated in a drive around golf course tour on Dec. 18, 2023 and more than 200 members participated in the Grand Opening event on Jan. 7, which featured a ribbon cutting by golf course architect Kipp Schulties and Gleneagles Board President Michael Kartz.

“I think with the renovation, you can see how proud the members are to be involved in that, and they’re extremely excited about this new course,” said Director of Golf Joe DeMino, PGA. “Many of the members are already loving hole No. 2, a par three which looks like it belongs in the Caribbean. “It’s designed with coconut trees, and it’s all over water like a semi-island green.”

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