The Slammer & Squire and the King & Bear Golf Courses have completed a full bunker renovation at both properties and are ready for the spring golf season.
Bobby Weed Golf Design was commissioned to execute the bunker renovation at the Slammer & Squire Golf Course and Nicklaus Design was commissioned to execute the renovation at the King & Bear Golf Course at the World Golf Village Resort. Both projects have been completed with all the desired objectives.
The Slammer & Squire course was designed by Bobby Weed with design consultants “Slammin’” Sam Snead and Gene "The Squire" Sarazen. The course officially opened to the public in May 1998 and is at the heart of the World Golf Village Resort.
“It was a great pleasure to be back working at the Slammer and Squire, nearly twenty years after its opening,” Weed said.
The King & Bear, which opened in 2000, is the only golf course design collaboration by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who passed on September 25, 2016, after a legendary career—and a friendship and rivalry with fellow competitor turned golf course designer Jack Nicklaus that is the subject of storybooks. The golf course gets its name from both designers. Palmer earned the nickname “The King” during his playing career, while Nicklaus adopted the “Golden Bear” moniker.
“I grew up watching my father and Mr. Palmer compete, but more important, I witnessed one of the greatest friendships you might ever find in any sport,” said Nicklaus Design President Jack Nicklaus II. “When they had the chance to collaborate on the King & Bear, I know it was a tremendous opportunity that both of them embraced. The result was a wonderful tribute to the game of golf and the way they see it played. Now, almost two decades later, it was an honor and pleasure for our team at Nicklaus Design to oversee the renovation of this course for future golfers and generations to enjoy.”
Both of the renovations were carried out by contractor MacCurrach Golf. All of the bunkers have been filled withg-angle sand. The manufacturing process of the sand cracks, crushes, and grinds course silica sand into angular particles. These particles interlock to create firmer, more playable bunkers that are less expensive to maintain. G-angle sand provides greater wind resistance and excellent drainage to prevent washouts.
At the King & Bear, the bunkers also received Capillary Concrete™. Capillary Concrete is a Sports-base drainage and hydrating material that was laid under the sand. It will virtually eliminate wash-outs, soil contamination, plugged ball lies and other bunker maintenance problems.
“Overall, the work that has been done at both properties was to enhance the playability for golfers while easing maintenance requirements for our staff. We are thrilled with the work that has been completed and couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming spring season,” said Bob Barrett, CEO of Honours Golf, which manages the world-famous facility. Honours Golf, which manages a collection of resort and private facilities mostly in the southeastern U.S., is a division of Troon Golf.