World-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has returned to the lush Italian countryside of Umbria to refresh and update one of his original designs, Antognolla Golf.
The four-month project includes a complete redesign and modernisation of the bunkering, along with 13.5 acres of irrigated turfgrass reduction, the resurfacing of all 18 tee grounds, newly designed practice facilities and an expanded drainage system that will create year-round playability. The highly regarded existing bentgrass greens that Antognolla is known for will remain intact as originally designed by Jones.
Work is underway with 9 holes remaining open, with the renovated golf course projected to be fully open again in late fall.
“The end result is that Antognolla will become a must-visit golf destination at any time of the year,” said Jones, Chairman and Master Architect of Robert Trent Jones Golf Course Architects II (RTJ II). “The new bunkering will be visually stunning, naturally fitting within the landscape while enhancing the challenges and rewards throughout golf course.”
All the bunkers at Antognolla will be redesigned or removed, with new bunkers strategically placed to come into play. Each of the remaining bunkers in the new design are being completely rebuilt, finished with new layers of locally sourced sand.
Integral to the project is an updated, expanded drainage system. The playing surface will benefit from “sand-slitting,” which creates sandy subsurface “seams” to capture and move water for faster drainage.
A more efficient irrigation system is being implemented to improve turf quality throughout the golf course, while reducing water consumption. Also, the 13.5 hectare reduction of irrigated turfgrass throughout the course will further impact water use. The turf will be replaced by a blend of fescue grasses.
“This is an exciting time for Antognolla,” Jones said. “We are delighted to be part of the ownership group’s complete revitalisation of the resort.”
Established in 1997, Antognolla features long, cliff-lined fairways, beautiful water hazards and large, undulating greens. The clever layout makes Antognolla an exciting and satisfying course for golfers of all abilities.
The golf course renovation project is part of the wider development of Antognolla Luxury Resort and Residences. This project will see the stunning 12th-century castle sensitively integrated as part of a luxury brand hotel, with a new spa and country pursuits, as well as a limited number of magnificent residences that overlook the golf course and estate grounds.
“Our aim is to create one of Europe’s top luxury resorts and the golf course is a key part of Antognolla’s vision,” commented Victoria Sobolevskaya, Head of Hospitality Asset Management for VIY Management, the owners of Antognolla. Victoria added, “We are delighted Mr. Jones and his team are leading the renovation to ensure the golf course once again delivers the quality this stunning setting deserves.”
Golf course work is being conducted by Acquafert, Italy’s leading irrigation company, in collaboration with Atlantic Golf Construction from Ireland, who recently completed the total renovation of the highly-acclaimed Adare Manor in Ireland.
pictured: The golf course and castle at Antognolla
Antognolla Luxury Resort
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