Forrest Richardson Named Renovation of the Year Winner (3-2-06)

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa located in Litchfield Park was among the top winners in Golf Inc. Magazine's third annual Renovation of the Year competition.

"We are pleased to honor the industry's leaders in what is a very active, but often overlooked segment of this industry," said Katina Cavagnaro, publisher of Golf Inc. "The quality of nominees were exceptionally high." Magazine editors will honor winners at the annual Development Awards Gala at the Golf Inc. Conference in La Quinta, California, April 10th. Winners of the Renovation of the Year contest, which is sponsored by Syngenta, will be featured in the April issue of Golf Inc.

Forrest Richardson & Associates was the golf course architect for The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, winner of the daily fee division. The 1963 design by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was completely overhauled and a new practice facility added. The Wigwam's owner is Kabuto Arizona Properties, the course is managed by by Golf Solutions and the golf course builder was Landscapes Unlimited.

The runner-up in the daily fee division was the Great White Course at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. The course owner is Marriott International and the architect was Greg Norman Golf Course Design. The contractor was Tequesta Golf.

Sunset Ridge is member-owned course. Jacobson Golf Course Design was the architect on the project. Ryan Central was the project contractor. Runner-up in the private club division was Cummings Cove Golf and Country Club in Hendersonville, N.C. The owner of the course is Cummings Cove Co. and the renovation was designed by Jack Mathis. Other finalists in the private division were renovations conducted at Midvale Country Club in Penfield, New York; Green Gables Country Club in Denver, Colorado; and Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

Other finalists in the private division were renovations conducted at The Nicklaus Course at Bay Point Resort in Panama City, Florida; Pheasant Run Golf Club in Chowchilla, California; and Orange Lake Resort and Country Club in Kissimmee, Flordia.

Entrants were evaluated anonymously on four criteria: How well the renovation achieved the overall project goal (50 percent); whether or not the aesthetics were improved (20 percent); whether course playability was improved (20 percent); and whether the course's maintainability was improved (10 percent).

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