Located less than a mile outside Annapolis, Maryland, Eisenhower Golf Course is scheduled for completion of a major course renovation this fall under the deft guidance of burgeoning architectural superstar Andrew Green.
The $5 million project covers a complete overhaul of the public-access facility, which is named for the 34th President and frequent golfer Dwight D. Eisenhower, and is highlighted by the removal of all bunkers on the 18-hole golf course for greater sustainability.
Green, who is also engineering a makeover of Congressional Country Club’s famous Blue Course in preparation for major tournament play, has taken an environmentally friendly approach to Eisenhower’s classic layout by installing Bermudagrass fairways requiring less water and chemical inputs. His imprint features native fescue and strategic mounding for visual appeal and playing challenges, and bentgrass greens for true-rolling putts. Five sets of tees from 4,700 to 7,100 yards satisfy golfers of all abilities along their journeys through forestland and alongside numerous creeks and swales.
Undertaken in tandem with the Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and Restoration Program as a stream restoration and storm water management project, the new Eisenhower will increase wetlands by more than 13 acres and is designed to bring wildlife to the area.
Eisenhower enjoys longstanding designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. For more than a decade, it has maintained sound practices in six key areas: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction, water conservation and water quality management.
“We are fortunate to have the creative eye of Andrew Green directing the course transformation,” said Damian Cosby, PGA chief of Anne Arundel County golf operations. “The result will be a beautiful course with immaculate conditions that doesn’t require the fuel, equipment, sand and labor needed to maintain a traditional layout.”
Several holes have been lengthened or shortened with different sightlines from fairways to greens. There is an abundance of risk-reward holes, though they are not intended to unfairly penalize golfers.
When inspecting the property for the first time, Green said he “saw so many fun shots using the character and topography already there. And I thought we could do something special here, and we don’t need bunkers. There will be plenty of interesting and engaging holes for strategy and ‘trouble’ without sand. Each shot is special; it’s not a course with a bunch of thoughtless swings. Giving something no one else has will excite golfers.”
Additional improvements include an expanded driving range, an abundance of new boardwalks, creek restoration, state-of-the-art irrigation system (with precise targeting for reduced water usage) and new golf carts.
A student of landscape architecture and turfgrass management, Green’s previous work includes the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio — site of the 1920 US Open. He is also modernizing the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. in time for the 2023 PGA Championship.
Opened in 1969, the original design was crafted by renowned architect Ed Ault on more than 220 acres of splendidly wooded landscape and is an area favorite for Anne Arundel and surrounding counties.