2017 Design Excellence Recognition Program Honors Compass Pointe in Wilmington North Carolina

Compass Pointe Golf Club

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The sixth annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges. Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to practice facilities and renovations of various sizes.

The 2017 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Compass Pointe Golf Club in Leland, North Carolina designed by Rick Robbins, ASGCA, & Brian Lussier, ASGCA is defined as one of the “wonderful golf facilities” says ASGCA President John Sanford, ASGCA. “The projects recognized here continue the tradition of the Design Excellence Recognition Program; well-designed facilities that make a positive impact on the game to benefit golfers and their communities.”

Development of the new, 2,300 acre resort style retirement community had begun before the 2008 financial crisis crippled the golf and housing industries. Working within the constraints of environmental requirements and financial limitations while still creating a golf course that would be an asset to real estate sales was the challenge.

The solution involved many approaches, including new golf routing to fit within existing wetlands; designing/maintaining the course to meet Audubon International standards; adding Family Tees so each hole may be played as a par 3; and using existing features of vegetation, wetlands, sandy soils to create a natural style course to reduce construction costs.

Compass Pointe has received a number of significant awards over the past few years which include Happiest Community of the Year by Real Estate Scorecard and Best Neighborhood designation by Where to Retire magazine. Folks are drawn to the island-themed resort community because of the friendliness of the people and the variety of health and…

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