LECANTO, Fla. – Black Diamond Ranch, a residential community located 75 miles north of Tampa, has begun renovations to its clubhouse and 45 Tom Fazio-designed golf holes.
The changes are being overseen by Escalante Golf, which acquired the property in March 2011.
Interior renovations already have begun on the clubhouse’s dining facilities, boardrooms, patios, floors and furniture. Those changes are based on design work done by Club Design Associates.
Separately, golf architect David Whelchel is overseeing the redesign and reconstruction of the courses’ 208 bunkers and practice facilities using the Better Billy Bunker Method. This type of bunker construction – developed by Billy Fuller, former superintendent of Augusta National – incorporates a layer of gravel to enhance drainage. Whelchel also is going to look for ways to lengthen the courses.
While Black Diamond Ranch is a private club, it has begun to offer stay-and-play packages that start at $399 for two rounds of golf and an overnight stay at one of its homes.
Notable – The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C., is building a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse for its Heron Point and Ocean golf courses. . . . The Golden Bear Golf Club in Windermere, Fla., has reopened following renovations. All greens were replaced with Champion Bermudagrass Ultra Dwarf turf, and the practice facility also was replaced. . . . Troon Golf, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based course-management firm, has taken over management of Aliante Golf Club in North Las Vegas, Nev.