Historic WPB Golf Course Undergoing “Restoration” – Changes will Restore Original Dick Wilson Design; Construction to Create Jobs

The City of West Palm Beach’s historic Golf Course is undergoing a complete $3 million renovation, helping to revive the course while creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.

The project, which is being called a “restoration,” was designed by McCumber Golf, founded by former PGA Tour star Mark McCumber.  Weitz Golf International is completing the construction work.  The restoration will reinforce the course’s original design which was crafted in 1947 by legendary golf course designer Dick Wilson.  The course and clubhouse are managed by JCD Sports Group.

“This project will help restore one of our area’s best public golf courses, creating jobs in the process,” said Mayor Lois J. Frankel.  “I know the local golf community is already looking forward to this historic course reopening later this year.”

The golf course restoration will include new grass throughout, extended tee complexes and improved landscaping with an emphasis on the environment.  The restoration includes the removal of invasive plant species.  Workers are recycling as much of the removed plants as is possible, helping the project be environmentally friendly.

The restoration project is being financed with greens fees collected through the golf course.  It is expected to be completed in late 2009.

For Additional Information:
Peter Robbins
West Palm Beach Public Information Officer
Office:  (561) 822-1433
probbins@wpb.org