Williamstown, Mass. Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, Inc, headquartered in Uxbridge, Mass., continues the renovation of Waubeeka Golf Links under the direction of chief golf course architect Mark Mungeam, ASGCA, and design associate Tim Gerrish.
Waubeeka Golf Links is an 18 hole semi-private club originally designed, built and owned by the late Rowland Armacost, a superintendent by trade, which opened in 1966. Waubeeka Golf Links occupies a stunning site in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts with views of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, Brodie Mountain and the Green River flows through the course.
The purchase of Waubeeka in 2008 by Jim and Jody Goff of Colorado represented a homecoming of sorts and a labor of love for Jim. He had ties to the area since his father was head golf professional at nearby Taconic Golf Club for many years and he had played Waubeeka regularly as a young man. Owning Waubeeka also allows Jim to engage his passion for golf course architecture which started when he attended Yale University and played the classic Yale Golf Course numerous times.
Shortly after purchasing Waubeeka, the Goffs set out to make improvements to Waubeeka that would transform it into “One of the Top 10 public courses in Massachusetts.” To that end, Mungeam Cornish Golf Design was hired to draw and implement the plan. After a short delay because of the financial melt down in the fall of 2008, plans were put out to bid again in early 2009.
Hawk Shaw Golf Course Construction, Inc of Hawthorne, NY was awarded the contract, saving the owners a significant amount of money as a result of the slowdown in work opportunities. They have overseen many high profile projects, including the construction of Boston Golf Club and renovation of distinguished courses such as the TPC Boston, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, The Stanwich Club, National Golf Links and Country Club of Darien.
The original scope of work as designed by Mark Mungeam and Jim Goff is now a three phase project. Phase One has included a new green and recontoured fairway on hole #1, a completely new 10th hole, five new bunkers on the 8th hole, three new bunkers on the 18th, a full practice range and a 10,000 square foot practice putting green.
Phase Two will include renovation to the green surrounds for Hole #14, a new tee on #14, a new 13th green and surrounds, a new bunker and extensive fairway drainage on #13, re-construction of the entire 16th hole, and re-modeling of the 17th hole including re-construction of the green to imitate the 17th green at Royal St. Andrews.
Phase 3 is not finalized and will need to be permitted due to the areas proximity to the Green River. Currently, the work proposed includes, bunker and fairway improvements on hole #2, new bunkering and expansion of tees on holes 3 and 4, lengthening of the par-4 fifth with a new tee and green complex, shifting of the cart path and some fairway improvements on #6, expansion of tees and a new green complex on hole #7 and a major expansion of the irrigation pond.
Jim Goff couldn’t be happier with the results and his relationship with Mungeam Cornish Golf Design, “Working together could have been tension filled but the decision making process with Mark and Tim has been seamless. They’ve made it easy. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when the important thing is to get it right and not who gets credit.”
MUNGEAM CORNISH GOLF DESIGN offers over 75 years of dedicated and passionate experience in the design and renovation of distinctive golf courses.
“Our objective is the creation of unique courses that balance the principals of visual appeal, golfer interest and ease of maintenance. The style of each new course is determined by the natural physical characteristics of the site. For renovation projects, we are sensitive to the original classic design style, while being considerate of the standards for modern play. Consistent personal service and budget awareness are foremost considerations we provide to each client.”
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