Reconstructing the Derrick Club: Back to the Derrick

A major component of the redesign plan at the Derrick Club involves rerouting a section of the course currently comprising holes five through eight (yellow). This eliminates potential danger at the current fifth and ninth holes and also enhancing variety by creating two long par-fours at the proposed 14th and 15th holes, and a short par-three at hole 16. Photo courtesy Jeff Mingay


By Jeff Mingay

Scheduled to be implemented over two years, the Derrick renovation project is driven by the necessity of resolving some very fundamental problems. Most important is the installation of a comprehensive sub-surface drainage system, designed in conjunction with Geoff Corlett, president of TDI Golf (the general contractor on the project). This drainage system comprises 152-mm (6-in.) spur lines servicing each hole that connect to two 305-mm (12-in.) mainlines installed deep enough in the ground they will never be compromised.

Ten new holes and the aforementioned short game practice area will be built during phase one of this project, in spring/summer 2013, while club members continue to play the nine existing holes. Those new holes will be open for play while the remainder of the new course is completed the following summer. All 18 holes of the new course will debut in spring 2015.

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