LaBar Golf Renovations Help Bring The Tuxedo Club, “Back to the Future”

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June 15, 2022

The master plan for The Tuxedo Club was developed in 2017 by Rees Jones and his senior designer Bryce Swanson with the goal to bring the course “back to the future”. Rees repositioned and reimagined bunkers while incorporating his father’s original style to improve playability.

LaBar Golf Course Renovations began construction in October 2021 and the exciting renovations have just recently been completed. The course updates focus on a new ninth hole, renovation of all bunkers, re-grassing of greens surrounds and a new short game area.

LaBar Golf Lands Top 2 on the Golf Digest 2021 Best Renovated Golf Courses List

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December 30, 2021

Looking back on the final day of the 2020 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, one might say it was anything but ordinary. While players were finishing their rounds, the LaBar Golf crew, sporting their well-known blue shirts, began the historic renovation on the sixth green that Sunday afternoon. The CBS anchors paid close attention, while the cameras showed the world just how a major renovation gets going — with an unprecedented overlap of on-going tournament play and the start of renovation and construction. Having been delayed six weeks because of the tournament’s postponement due to COVID, it was critical to hit the ground running.

Now in its 10th year in business, LaBar Golf has acquired an impressive portfolio and gained exposure to many of the most prestigious golf courses in the United States. Included in that portfolio are two of the top golf courses ranked by Golf Digest as the best renovations in 2021 — Muirfield Village Golf Club (1st Place) and Oakland Hills Country Club - South Course (2nd Place).

The historic renovation at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, was a special project for LaBar Golf, especially having the opportunity to work alongside Hanse Golf Course Design.

“I truly believe this renovation was one of the best transformations of a golf course that I have ever been a part of," said Rich LaBar (Owner and President of LaBar Golf), "and it was an absolute pleasure to work at both of these prestigious clubs with two of the best golf course architect teams in the business.”

The Recovered Plans That Fueled the Harry Colt Restoration at Bloomfield Hills Country Club

August 02, 2021

Inspired by Harry Colt’s original plans for the course, Bloomfield Hills Country Club in Detroit, MI recently debuted several upgrades to its layout. Players who experience a round at the reimagined course can expect four rebuilt greens, renovated bunkers, and a long par three and par four on the third and fourth holes. An enhanced and expanded practice range also offers players more space to tune up their skills before taking on the challenging, par 71 course. The restoration project was a joint effort between LaBar Golf Renovations and Mike DeVries and Frank Pont of Clayton, DeVries & Pont golf architectural firm who all helped bring Colt’s vision to life.

Building a Legacy: The 2021 Memorial Tournament Kicks Off at the Newly Renovated Muirfield Village Golf Club

June 4, 2021

Two years after beginning renovations at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, the best of the best have returned to play on fresh, and more challenging, turf in the annual Memorial Tournament. In addition to structural course updates, all 18 holes received greens upgrades and the architecture of two holes were reimagined to add 163 yards to the total course yardage.

The renovation, which was spearheaded by the course’s creator and former PGA legend Jack Nicklaus, will be put to the test during the tournament as player’s compete against challenging fairways, pin placements, bunkers, and more — just as Nicklaus envisioned it.

Noteworthy Details on the Newly Renovated Muirfield Village Golf Club

June 1, 2021

This year’s 2021 Memorial Tournament will return to a newly renovated Muirfield Village Golf Club. The reimagined layout was led by course creator and designer, Jack Nicklaus, who wanted to create a playing field that accommodated more skill levels. From 18 rebuilt greens to tee box changes that adjusted the total course yardage, the impressive project was completed in one years' time. The Memorial will be the first official reveal to the public.

LaBar Golf Completes a Renovation of Muirfield Village Golf Club

May 17, 2021

LaBar Golf Renovations completed a major renovation under a tight schedule at Muirfield Village Golf Club. MVGC, also known as “Jack’s Place,” is best known for its association with Jack Nicklaus and for annually hosting the Memorial Tournament. The changes included reconstruction of the greens, the rebuilding of the fairway and greenside bunkers (the course can now play up to 100 yards longer), the resurfacing of the tees, and more.

Golf Content Network Interviews Rich LaBar For An In-Depth Q&A Session

August 1, 2020

Join Matt Ward as he and Owner & President of LaBar Golf, Rich LaBar, discuss industry evolution, changes and challenges of golf.  LaBar Golf has renovated many of America's Top 100 Golf Courses, and Rich has played many -  find out what course he would choose if he had only one round of golf to play and more.

Muirfield Village Welcomes LaBar Golf Renovations to Make Changes After Two Major Televised Events

June 7, 2020

"Muirfield Village Golf Club is hosting both the Workday Charity Open (July 9-12) and The Memorial (July 16-19). On July 20, the crew will welcome LaBar Golf Renovations and celebrate with some major changes to the course – mostly greens, but some tees and fairways. Leibold Irrigation will mobilize and start irrigation work and TRW will run the installation of the PrecisionAire system. It’s go, go, go."

To prevent the course from peaking early, the LaBar Golf will be applying plant protectants, growth regulators, and nutrition for the playing surfaces. It's important that the course turf remains healthy and withstands two major tournaments in a row. July is known to cause heat stress, so LaBar Golf is coming at just the right time.

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LaBar Golf Completed A Renovation of the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York

June 1, 2020

LaBar Golf has been running full-steam with their most recent restoration project at Oak Hill Country Club. Oak Hill is the site of the upcoming 2023 PGA Championship, so this was the perfect time for the whole course to be evaluated for improvements. In addition to a complete reno of holes five, six and fifteen - significant tree removal took place on the entire course to open up the views for future spectators.

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LaBar Golf to Start a Bunker Renovation at Muirfield Village Golf Club in November of 2020.

October 1, 2019

Muirfield Village Golf Club officially announced today that a two-phase course renovation project will be overseen by the Club’s founder and course designer, Jack Nicklaus. The renovations will take place over the next two years and will include three new teeing grounds, rebuilt greens and bunkers, and a redesigned fifth hole.

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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. 

The project is set to begin in the fall of 2020 and will be finished by the following spring of 2021.

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.

General manager of the club, Jared Chorney, said that they are “approaching our cap,” as memberships continue to grow and the new course will only add more interest. 

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.


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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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