Last Update :7/28/2012
Brauer looks for total renovation at Duluth’s historic Enger Park Golf Course
ARLINGTON, Texas (July 25, 2012) – Golf course architect Jeffrey D. Brauer is currently working with the City of Duluth, Minnesota and its parks and recreation department to map out a master plan that that could include the total renovation of the city’s historic Enger Park Golf Course.
The 27-hole Enger Park Golf Course, originally built as an 18-hole facility in the 1920s and expanded to its current configuration in 1988 by architect Dick Phelps, is located near the Duluth Harbor Basin on Lake Superior with great views of the biggest of the Great Lakes.
The city commissioned, first, the National Golf Foundation and now Brauer to provide a plan to that would maximize the course as an attraction for tourists staying in local hotels and retaining the local golfer.
Brauer, the principal of the Arlington, Texas-based Golfscapes, Inc. and former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, has won continued acclaim for his course designs, including three tracks currently ranked among the best in Minnesota: The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower and both the Legend and Quarry courses at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Brauer’s proposal for Enger Park Golf Course is to rebuild the entire course, since its infrastructure will soon wear out, and make the style of the three nines consistent among its older and newer portions.
While Enger Park Golf Course has no Golden Age-design pedigree (although Hall of Fame golfer Harry Vardon may have had something to do with the facility’s original design), Brauer is aiming to restore the classic look and feel on the golf course. “We want to use rectangular tees, low-profile greens and some old classic design concepts to give the feel of a step back in time,” Brauer said.
Brauer has already proposed a minor rerouting to add some length to the older sections and take advantage of unused land around the current course. For the most part, however, the routing changes will be minor. “We are finishing the feature designs now, but these have not been formally presented or accepted,” Brauer said.
Enger Park approaches its 100th anniversary in 2014, and Duluth is also hoping to have a new clubhouse in place by the centennial as well. Brauer’s plan would provide additional room around the current clubhouse for expansion.
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