Golf course architecture firm Tripp Davis and Associates has now completed the second phase of its renovation and restoration work at the Jersey shore’s historic Spring Lake Golf Club. Spring Lake originally was designed by George Thomas in 1910, with A.W. Tillinghast coming in to restyle the greens and bunkers in 1918.
“We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished to date at Spring Lake,” said Davis. “The intent of the work during the past two years was to restore the classic look of the golf course after a previous bunker renovation went to more of a modern cookie cutter look that had no character. We paid homage to both George Thomas, the original golf course architect in 1910, and Tillinghast, who did a redesign in 1918. The bunkers have mostly grass faces that Tillinghast did here, but as a nod to Thomas we created more movement in the sand lines, similar to the style he used at Los Angeles CC and Riviera in California. Key to the work was moving a few bunkers and a few tees to make the course relevant for the modern game. We still have some tee work and a little bit of work around and on a few greens in the next few years, but about 90% of our Master Plan is done.”
“We also want to pay homage to our partners on the project including Mottin Golf and course superintendent Josh Reiger,” Davis said. “Mottin Golf was the builder and did an excellent job and it was a great pleasure to work with golf course superintendent Josh Reiger. Josh has probably done the best job I have ever seen growing in the sodded areas around the bunkers, tees and greens to look like they’ve been there awhile and with no scars.”
According to Spring Lake Golf Club’s Greens Chairman, James Hickey: “The entire membership is extremely pleased with the outcome of Tripp’s renovation of our course. As a member of the committee who oversaw the project, I was very happy with the outcome and the process. Tripp, Doug Mottin and their teams were incredibly professional and easy to work with. The outcome was nothing short of amazing!”
About Tripp Davis and Associates: Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) was founded in 1994 and has offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and Peoria, Arizona. TDA practices golf architecture with an unparalleled passion for craftsmanship of unique landscapes and strategic details. Tripp Davis, a decorated amateur golfer, was a member of the 1989 National Championship Golf Team and a NCAA All-American selection while at the University of Oklahoma. He continues to play in several prestigious amateur events each year. His abilities as a world-class player give him a unique insight into those subtle details in strategy that can make a golf course an interesting challenge for better players, while proving an enjoyable test for the average golfer. His knowledge of the game has also been incorporated into the development of innovative practice facilities that give players the opportunity to practice the right shots in the right way, thus expanding their golfing abilities and their appreciation for the game.
Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Oklahoma and is a Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
TDA is principally known for their highly regarded work at historic golf courses around the United States and their hands on approach in doing one original design at a time around the world. For more information about Tripp Davis and Associates, please visit the website at www.tdagolf.net or call 405-447-5259.