Country Club Practice Area Expansion
Founded in the 1950s on the southern bank of the James River, a Central Virginia country club has experienced generations of exceptional golf. As their membership has grown, so have the large oak trees throughout the property, providing too much shade for the putting green. In addition, the driving range area of the course is landlocked, making it challenging for the course superintendent to provide a full-scale practice experience for a growing membership.
Luck Ecosystems provided a variety of products to support the construction of a brand new, 10,000 square foot putting green on the driving range facility and a 5,000 square foot practice chipping green and associated sand trap.
Our in-house quality testing ensures that every material shipped has been rigorously tested to ensure compliance with U.S. Golf Association (USGA) standards. Working closely with the course superintendent, architect and building contractor, the team utilized a carefully selected suite of materials unique to this project.
- VDOT #8 stone from our Boscobel Plant was chosen to meet (USGA) requirements for “bridging,” ensuring that the layers of stone and sand underneath the bunker enable proper drainage.
- For both the putting and chipping greens, the team provided a blended rootzone product, a 12-inch installed depth of USGA-specified greensmix (blended at 90% USGA sand and 10% peat moss)
- We also drew from our trusted network of partners to source a unique bunker sand to ensure consistency with the course’s high-grade sand and desired aesthetic.
What made this project stand out for the course builder was Luck Ecosystems’ expertise in order fulfillment and logistics. Our extensive hauler relationships ensured that within the two-week build window the construction team had scheduled to complete the renovation —Luck Ecosystems was prepared to ship all of the products on time. Over the course of three days, we delivered roughly 1,200 tons, or 50 truckloads, of material to the course from varying locations.
Upon completion, this project increased the size of the practice area of the golf course by more than a factor of seven—from a single 2,000 square foot putting green to 15,000 square feet of new green space, made up of a 10,000 square foot putting green and a 5,000 square foot chipping green.