Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Golf Notebook; Bunker Project Completed at King & Bear

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Area Golf Notebook; Bunker Project Completed at King & Bear

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Byline: Garry Smits

A complete renovation of all bunkers at the World Golf Hall of Fame King & Bear Course has been completed by Nicklaus Design.

Jack Nicklaus was one of the co-designers of the second Hall of Fame course, along with the late Arnold Palmer. It opened in 2000 and remains the only joint design by the two Hall of Fame members, who won 137 PGA Tour titles and 25 major championships between them.

Jack Nicklaus II, who is president of his father's design firm, said "it was an honor and pleasure" for Nicklaus Design to oversee the bunker project.

"I grew up watching my father and Mr. Palmer compete, but more importantly, I witnessed one of the greatest friendships you might ever find in any sport," he said in a statement. "When they had the chance to collaborate on the King & Bear, I know it was a tremendous opportunity that both of them embraced. The result was a wonderful tribute to the game of golf and the way they see it played."

The bunkers at the King & Bear have been lined with Capillary Concrete, a trademarked material that virtually eliminates wash-outs, soil contamination, plugged ball lies and other bunker maintenance problems. The sports-base drainage and hydrating material was laid under the sand.

Construction work was done by Jacksonville contractor MacCurrach Golf.

"Overall, the work that has been done will enhance the playability for golfers while easing maintenance requirements for our staff. We are thrilled with the work that has been completed and couldn't be more excited about the upcoming spring season," said Bob Barrett, CEO of Honours Golf, in a statement.

Honours Golf manages the King & Bear and Slammer & Squire.

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