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home : sports : sports April 28, 2016

7/2/2013 2:09:00 PM
Glaze Meadow course wins renovation praise
Glaze Meadow before....
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Glaze Meadow before....
... and after extensive renovation that opened up the course. photos provided
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... and after extensive renovation that opened up the course.

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Emerging from a field of 21 entries, John Fought Design's dramatic transformation of the Glaze Meadow Golf Course at Black Butte Ranch earned first-place honors in Golf Inc. Magazine's Renovation of the Year competition for public courses. The course will be featured in the summer edition of the magazine.

Nominees are judged on how effectively the renovation improved the course, based on four primary criteria: routing, playability, maintainability and aesthetics.

According to BBR management, Glaze Meadow, built in 1978, had become overrun by dense forest growth, creating a claustrophobic playing environment and a frustrating golfing experience. An aging irrigation system triggered the renovation, but instead of focusing on a single component, Black Butte management decided that the tremendous potential of the course could only be realized through a comprehensive renovation.

The makeover was entrusted to acclaimed architect John Fought, well known for his restoration work at Pine Needles Golf Club in North Carolina, among others. Fought's significant experience with Golden Age golf courses was deemed a perfect match for Glaze Meadow. Though only 30 years old, Glaze Meadow had the foundation for a classic course design because of its fundamentally sound design, respecting the lay of the land and the spectacular natural beauty of the surrounding vistas.

Every aspect of the Glaze Meadow course was reviewed and refined, with new tees, greens, bunkers, grasses and irrigation. The removal of trees created better views while improving play. Even though the renovation was extensive, "nothing was forced," Fought said.

The result, a $3.75-million-dollar makeover that is "a home-run for everyone," Fought said.

In addition to the Glaze Meadow Golf Course, honorees include: BackTee New Course at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Denmark; The Denver Country Club in Denver, Colo.; the Luna Vista Golf Course in Dallas, Texas; the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichol Hills, Oklahoma; Old Tabby Links at Spring Island at Spring Island, S.C.; The Richmond Golf Course in Surrey, England; and the Pelican Marsh Golf Course in Naples, Fla.

For more information about Glaze Meadow golf course and Black Butte Ranch, visit

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