October 18, 2016
Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design is proud to announce its new project, The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, which will be the companion course for the acclaimed Arcadia Bluffs located in Arcadia, Michigan. The new inland course will be located 1 mile to the south of the existing Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course off Highway 22 and will span 310 acres.
For this venture, it is the desire of the Arcadia Management team and Fry/Straka to build a course that will provide a unique golfing experience. While Arcadia Bluffs is a links style golf course that runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the South Course will complement the original with its inland location that features a distinctive Golden-Age parkland style design. Upon completion of the project, the combination of the two courses will further expand this world-class golfing destination.
A championship course with four practice holes, driving range and clubhouse will be built, and Fry/Straka’s goal is to deliver a course that appears timeless and blends into its natural surroundings without a lot of artificial earthmoving. The South Course will be routed utilizing the 40 foot topographic changes to create interesting and fun-to-play holes that offer open and expansive views, with trees appearing only along the perimeter. Core design elements include large greens of square and rectangular shape; bunkering with steep grass banks cut directly into the ground; and close proximity placement from the putting surface of one hole to the tee boxes of another, thus supporting the opportunity for golfers to walk the course. These elements, along with tightly-mowed chipping areas and native, low maintenance grasses that go off-color in the summer will give a rustic, timeless appearance to the course.
Clearing of the land will start in the fall of 2016, with golf course construction beginning in the spring of 2017 and grassing to commence later that summer. In addition to working collaboratively with the Arcadia Management team, Fry/Straka is pleased to have Warren Henderson, architect of the original Arcadia Bluffs Course, lead the project management aspect and provide construction oversight throughout the entire project. With the course opening projected for the summer of 2018, Fry/Straka is excited to undertake this project and deliver a course that truly stands the test of time.
About Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design
Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design is a partnership with worldwide reach in award-winning golf-course design. Golf course architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka, having worked together for over 20 years, continue to bring their collective design experience, talent, and renowned client dedication to their venture.
Although the pair collaborates on all projects, it is not uncommon for the partners to be traveling on opposite sides of the world so they can serve their global clients with ease, efficiency and the utmost in professional dedication. In addition, the company has a diversified staff of associates – speaking a combined six languages – based in Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and dispersed around the U.S. Thus Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design can service any job, anywhere in the world, with the highest of standards and a consummate commitment to excellence.
For more information, see www.frystraka.com.