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Davis Love’s Design Company Getting Busy
Love Golf Design celebrated two of the country's best new course openings in 2004 – The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor (Greenwood, S.C.), which was recognized by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel as the Best New Course in South Carolina, and Kinderlou Forest Golf Club (Valdosta, Ga.), which was tapped by three different publications as among the best new courses in the United States for 2004.
Now, Love Golf Design announces that it has signed four new projects for 2005:
· Ricefields will be part of Hampton Island, an exclusive, low-density, ecologically sensitive community that offers the ultimate in luxury amenities and pristine natural beauty. Located 35 miles south of Savannah, Ga., the 4,000-acre island is Georgia's first conservation-centered community. "My brother Mark and I grew up in coastal Georgia and appreciate its natural beauty and understand what makes this part of the world such a special place," said Davis Love III. "This understanding will be evident at our new course on Hampton Island. We plan to create a golf experience that fits seamlessly within the natural environment, one that reflects not only the history and traditions of the game of golf, but the history of the area itself."
"We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with Davis and his brother Mark Love," said Wade Shealy, managing partner of Hampton Island. "Their style of design was exactly what we were looking for when we began our search for a partner who shares our commitment to the environment. We are equally committed to protecting our rich coastal history and to preserving the coastal sanctuary that is Hampton Island, while creating a unique golf experience that even the most sophisticated golfer can appreciate."
· The Falls at Greyson, a resort course that is part of a Mountaineer Land Group development in Harrisburg, N.C., just outside Charlotte, called The Preserve at Greyson. The Davis Love III signature course will be half of a 36-hole development, with an 18-hole private course being designed by Tommy Fazio, Tom Fazio's nephew and a talented young architect in his own rite. "We're very excited to be designing a golf course in the Charlotte area," said Davis Love III. "This is my hometown, and a place where a lot of my family still lives."
The property is located near Lowe's Motor Speedway and typifies the land found in North Carolina's Piedmont region, with rolling terrain, mature hardwoods and pines, rock outcroppings and other natural features that should become integral design elements for the new course. Nick Bollettieri is building a sports academy at The Preserve at Greyson and Jim McLean will have a Golf Academy there as well.
Says Mark Love, Davis’s brother and the president of Love Golf Design: "This is a big project for us. We've always wanted to work in Charlotte and now we're getting our chance. I believe we have the opportunity here to create something truly unique. Davis and I can't wait to get started."
· Golden Ocala Country Club, in Ocala, Fla., where the Love course will be an 18-hole addition to complement the club's original golf course, designed by Ron Garl. The high-end private course will be part of new residential development designed to be one of the top residential golf communities in the state of Florida. The land features rolling terrain and beautiful old oak hammocks that will naturally lend itself to a traditionally designed golf course. "The land around Ocala is just incredible; it's very different from what most people perceive Florida to be," said Davis Love III. "We are very excited to be working there, especially at Golden Ocala, because they have long set the standard in that area for quality golf, living and lifestyle. Our goal with the new golf course will be simply to keep raising the bar."
· River Hall at Hawk's Haven, a Landmar Group development in Ft. Meyers, Fla., just north of Naples. Love Golf Design is preparing to break ground on the first 18 holes (phase one) of a 27-hole complex that is being built in conjunction with a new residential community. The design team is looking forward to bringing its traditional design approach to the southwest Florida market and believes it can create something "new" in the area by looking to the past. "The classic golf courses that I have always enjoyed playing seem to utilize strategy and shot options to create the challenges for the golfer, and this will be our approach at River Hall," said Davis Love III. "The course will be very playable, yet the real test will be in the player's ability to think his or her way around it."
For more information, visit the company’s newly launched website at www.DavisLoveIII.com.