TPC River Highlands: Course Renovation
TPC River Highlands, host of the PGA TOUR’s Travelers Championship, is pleased to announce the completion of its multi-million dollar enhancement project launched last fall to improve the infrastructure and playability of the golf course.
The primary focus of the project was the renovation and repositioning of the bunkers, while several greens and tee boxes were also modified. PGA TOUR players will get their first look at the finished product during the Travelers Championship the week of Aug. 1-7. These enhancements, as well as work on the infrastructure, will strengthen the member and guest experience throughout the year.
The PGA TOUR implemented this project over the majority of the off-season in order to minimize disruption of play. Original architect Bobby Weed was consulted and the work was done by renowned golf construction company McDonald and Sons, Inc., which has been involved with renovation projects at a number of high-profile clubs and tournament venues throughout the country.
Agronomic and architectural enhancements to TPC River Highlands included:
- Rebuilding, repositioning, and restyling of all bunkers, incorporating new drainage and sand for improved playability (see below)
- Surgical lifting of the front edges or corners of select greens, providing an increased number of pin positions
- Leveling of select tournament tee boxes, including a new tee complex at No. 15
- Improve routing and repair select cart paths
- Stabilization of lake bank edges to avoid further erosion and improve aesthetics
- Supplementation and enhancement of drainage throughout the golf course
“We’re excited to get started on these updates to the course and truly look forward to the results,” said David Corrado, general manager at TPC River Highlands. “By keeping the existing layout of the course intact while focusing our enhancements on certain key components, specifically our bunkers, greens, and tee boxes, we are confident that this project will continue to separate TPC River Highlands as the premier golf course in the state.”
“TPC River Highlands is already a great course and a favorite of a lot of players here on TOUR,” said Kevin Streelman, winner of the 2014 Travelers Championship. “But with the enhancements that they are looking at conducting over the off-season, I think it will only strengthen the layout and provide us with an even higher quality golf course come next August. It will also be particularly exciting to see a new tee box in place on the drivable 15th hole, as that serves to ‘kick-start’ the exciting finish that 15, 16, 17, and 18 bring to TPC River Highlands – I can’t wait to see it.”