Architect Bobby Weed has completed a nine-month renovation of the Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in northeast Florida in which the greens were rebuilt and resurfaced, among other improvements.
Partnering with MacCurrach Golf Construction and Joey Flinchbaugh, the director of agronomy at the club, Weed restored the greens of the Lagoon Course to their original sizes. The contouring of each green was enhanced to accommodate modern green speeds, and new irrigation was installed. The putting surfaces are now TifEagle Bermuda grass.
The Lagoon is one of two courses at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, alongside the longer Ocean Course that was redesigned most recently by Weed in 2020. The front nine of the Lagoon was designed in 1961 by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and the back nine was added in 1978 by Joe Lee. In 2007, Weed redesigned the Lagoon and lengthened it to 6,025 yards with a par of 70.
The tees, fairways and rough of the Lagoon were re-grassed with TifTuf Bermuda; the bunkers were restored to their original flat-bottomed design with new drains, liners and sand; and the short-game and practice areas also were improved.
“Led by Herbert Peyton, chairman of Gate Petroleum, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has entrusted our firm for nearly 30 years to guide the evolution of the Ocean and Lagoon courses,” Weed said in a media release announcing the completion of the renovation. “The Lagoon’s shorter layout, with numerous half-par holes, offers a diverse, faster playing experience that perfectly complements the bolder Ocean Course.”
Check out a selection of photos of the course and resort below.