IN THE WORKS
Hollywood Beach Golf Club | Hollywood, Florida
The City of Hollywood, Florida selected Richard Mandell Golf Architecture to re-design its layout just blocks from downtown Hollywood. Mythology has surrounded the 18-hole course since its early 1920’s inception as it has erroneously been credited to Donald Ross in the past. The possibility exists that an unattributed 1923 plan may have been created by Willie Park, Jr., who had a professional relationship with the original developer at the time. Nonetheless, Richard is utilizing the 1923 concept as inspiration for his re-design. As part of the new layout, existing lakes will be expanded to raise the flood-prone eastern half of the property, providing much-needed topographical character to the course as well. Greens raised above grade are all accessible from the ground yet will require precision from the air. A true City course, HBGC is surrounded by residential streets on all four sides, making it a crucial element of green space for Hollywood.
Darlington Country Club | Darlington, South Carolina
Originally built in 1926, Darlington Country Club is an eighteen-hole layout located in a sandy stretch of South Carolina an hour west of Myrtle Beach and ninety minutes south of Pinehurst. Richard Mandell Golf Architecture is currently working on a variety of projects, transforming this traditional layout into one that is rooted in the sandy soils the course sits on. In addition to a long-term plan to convert many of the rough areas to native sand, Richard is also focusing on the area directly behind the clubhouse. The primary feature is a 30,000 square-foot practice green which is connected to the green for a lengthened eighteenth hole (from 495 to 572 yards). A pair of cross-bunkers challenge the approach, as does a third bunker, cut into the slope of the new first tee.
Oconomowoc Golf Club | Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
RMGA was recently honored with its first project in the Badger State. Oconomowoc Golf Club in Waukesha County, Wisconsin will be Richard Mandell’s eleventh Donald Ross project. Initial plans call for the RBP process to be completed by fall of 2020.
Lake Forest Country Club | Hudson, Ohio
Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson, Ohio, turned to Richard Mandell Golf Architecture to help bring the club into the future while also honoring its past. During Richard’s research of Lake Forest Country Club, he discovered that the design had been mistakenly attributed to Herbert Strong, rather than Tom Bendelow who actually designed the course. Richard Mandell Golf Architecture is now leading the club through a phased Tom Bendelow restoration that includes removing over one thousand trees, widening fairways, and bringing back the chocolate drop style bunkers to the Bendelow layout.
Bobby Jones Golf Club | Sarasota, Florida
Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida, is a 45-hole facility featuring eighteen holes designed by Donald Ross. Richard Mandell Golf Architecture has been brought in to restore the original eighteen Ross holes, redesign the additional eighteen, and add a new practice facility that features a 20,000 square foot putting green, new driving range, and a nine-hole adjustable par-three course. The result will be a golf facility with improved playability and a smaller impact on the environment.
Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club | St. Petersburg, Florida
Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, was built on a man-made island in the 1970s. Seeking a long range plan, the club brought in Richard Mandell Golf Architecture to provide strategic direction that would improve the quality of the course and playing conditions for its members. RMGA has helped Isla Del Sol undertake a three-phase renovation of multiple tee complexes and all sand bunkers. RMGA shaper Brian Ross is assisting the club in the construction process.