Black Butte Ranch, Ore. – Course architect John Fought has been selected to do a $3.5 million renovation of the Glaze Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch, a 1,251-home vacation destination in central Oregon.
Fought will convert the 514-yard, par-5 first hole into a 395-yard par 4 and lengthen the 401-yard, par-4 second into a 553-yard par 5. He’ll also lengthen the entire course to 6,956 yards from 6,574 yards.
The other renovations will include: installation of a new irrigation system; redesign and reconstruction of several green complexes; rebuilding and moving tee boxes; reshaping and the addition of bunkers; resurfacing and rerouting of cart paths; and thinning of some trees.
The work will begin in September, and the course is scheduled to reopen in May 2012. In the interim, Black Butte Ranch’s other course, Big Meadow, will remain open.
Kohler, Wis. – Destination Kohler will host the 2nd Annual Kohler Festival of Beer on May 28-30.
More than 30 local and regional breweries will participate in the festival, which will include tastings, entertainment and beer-themed dining. The Festival of Beer will be held primarily at The Shops at Woodlake.
Kohler is selling packages for guests who want to stay at the resort during the festival. The American Club package starts at $420 per person, based on double occupancy, for May 29-30. The Inn at Woodlake package starts at $320 per person.
Orlando, Fla. – Annika Sorestam has been hired to design an 18-hole layout at Olivion Golf Resort in Belek, Turkey. Sorenstam is working with Stan Eby of European Golf Design. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring, with the planned opening in 2012.
Separately, Reynolds Plantation has opened the first Annika Boutique near the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Lodge. The shop will feature products from brands affiliated with Sorenstam: Cutter & Buck apparel, Callaway equipment; and wines sold under the Annika label.