Nick Faldo has been visiting the Faldo Design project at the Bella Collina community in Orlando, Florida, to review the progress on what promises to be a very special golf course. Accompanied by lead architect, Steve Smyers, Faldo was extremely pleased with the ongoing design and was on hand to give his own insight to the detailed plans.
Under Nick’s direction, a dramatic routing has already been prepared for the 18-hole championship private course at the heart of a community being built by Ginn Clubs & Resorts. Set in the Florida highlands, Bella Collina will feature an equestrian centre, tennis courts, beautifully appointed homes and a spa and health facility. The course itself is to be built on a naturally sandy site with steep elevation changes, unusual for this part of Orlando. Stretched over 7,500 yards, with stunning views across the community’s two large lakes, this promises to be an extremely challenging and aesthetic course.
The project is just one in a growing portfolio of Faldo Design courses across the globe, all of which are keeping Nick busy during a reduced playing schedule this season. Course design is clearly a passion for the six-time major winner and he has completed some spectacular projects. At Bella Collina, as with other Faldo Design projects from California to China and The Dominican Republic, the emphasis is on a golfing experience that will offer strategic and enjoyable challenges for golfers at every level.
“I am really pleased with the way our project is coming along at Bella Collina and I‘m very excited at the prospect of playing the course when it is finished next year,” said Nick during the visit. “I have been looking to design a course in Orlando for some time and this unique site has exceeded all of my expectations. I‘m sure that we are going to be able to offer members of this very special community an inspiring golfing experience that they will enjoy for years to come.”
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