GOLF Magazine spared no time in naming Pinehurst No. 4 the “Best New Course You Can Play.”
September 25, 2019
It's been just over 12 months since LaBar Golf finished the complete renovation of Pinehurst Resort Course #4. The debut of Gil Hanse’s redesign of Pinehurst No. 4 was recognized by GOLF Magazine naming No. 4 the “Best New Course You Can Play.” That came just weeks after the first players were able to experience Hanse’s handiwork.
For all the holes renowned golf architect Gil Hanse has created, built or restored to glory, he had never hit a hole-in-one until Wednesday on The Cradle, at the short course at Pinehurst which he built.
LaBar Golf to Renovate Bloomfield Hills Country Club
September 5, 2019
LaBar Golf is excited to take on a major renovation of Bloomfield Hills Country Club’s Harry Colt-designed golf course.
LaBar Golf will work to preserve the club’s old-country heritage. The irrigation system will be replaced, as well as several other upgrades, including replacing and reshaping bunkers. The third hole will also be converted from a 400-yard par 4 to a long 225-year par 3. The 4th hole will also be lengthened and will remain a par 4.
The Bloomfield Hills course is the only one in the country left that was designed solely by Colt, a renowned English golf course architect. He has designed over 300 courses around the world and finished designing the Bloomfield Hills course in 1912.
LaBar Golf Renovates Shinnecock Hills Course For 2018 US Open
June 14, 2018
LaBar Golf Renovations renovated the Shinnecock Hills golf course in Long Island, NY over the course of three years. The historic course now has a cohesive look to match William Flynn's 1931 design.
LaBar was able to bring back the nostalgic windswept seaside landscape, recapturing the lost area. Fairway grass was taken out and replaced with thin, tall fescue (grown by Delea Sod).
Opens have been mowed shorter to allow for more creative recovery shots. There was also some pretty substantial widening of the fairways, but as of the 2017 Open, the USGA decided that it was too wide and required it to be changed.
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LaBar Golf Collaborated On Major Undertaking At Shinnecock
June 10, 2018
In 2019, the USDA mandated that the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Long Island, NY needed to narrow their recently widened fairways after the course was renovated by LaBar Golf Renovations.
With the cooperation of the club, the grass was removed and replanted about 200 miles away in Woodstown, New Jersey. LaBar Golf Renovations spent six days cutting and rolling up grass to put on a flatbed and bring it to New Jersey, while they also unloaded the new grass and planted it. The grass on the course was replaced with about 90,000 to 100,000 square feet of fescue grass that was grown by Delea Sod.
“The U.S. Open really is, we consider, golf’s ultimate test,” said Mike Davis, the CEO of the USGA, “and accuracy needed to play a bigger role in that.”
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Winged Foot takes giant steps preparing for 2020 U.S. Open
November 13, 2017
Architect, Gil Hanse, worked with superintendent, Steve Rabideau, and a construction team from LaBar Golf Renovations to renovate Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course in Mamaroneck, NY.
In 2016, LaBar redid the greens, bunkers, and tees on the back nine holes of A.W. Tillinghast's 1923 design. In September of 2017, the renovation crew rebuilt the front nine holes.
The new greens abide by USGA guidelines and are equipped with SubAir to help with air ventilation and internal drainage. Putting surfaces were also expanded.
Fairways were made wider to wrap into bunkering. All of the bunkers have been redone and in some cases, repositioned.
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