Naples, Fla. (September 12, 2023)Vineyards Country Club officials and renowned golf course architect Kipp Schulties today announced that the redesign and renovation of its 18-hole, championship South golf course has attained substantial completion. “Substantial completion” is a technical term meaning the construction is complete; the new grass will be ready for play in approximately three months. The traditional-style course has served as a senior PGA tour stop for five years, hosting The Aetna Challenge, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Challenge and The IntelliNet Challenge.

Construction crews are currently installing Bimini™ grass and sod sprigs on fairways and rough areas, and TifEagle sprigs for the greens. Bulkheads have been installed on many of the lakes, and the entire course is being lengthened. The tenth and eighteenth holes are being flipped. New infrastructure including a technologically advanced irrigation and drainage system are being installed. The new bunkers will feature weather-resistant par angle bunker sand, a premium angular sand made from silica quartz.

“The new South Course will be very playable, offering wide open fairways with firmer and faster playing conditions throughout,” said golf course designer and architect Kipp Schulties. “The greens are faster, far bigger, including more character and contour. The ball will roll much further offering a far better-quality course and keeping playability challenging, yet not difficult. The driving range tee has been expanded, and the design of the driving range has changed, lowering the floor of the range, making it appear bigger and contoured to see every shot.”

The new driving range will offer FlagD technology, with units connected via GPS to each flag on the driving range. Each unit acts as a digital sign, displaying GPS distances to the target locations on the range. This allows players greater control over their practice shots and club choices. To achieve preserving pace of play and maintenance efficiency, each golf cart will feature GPS and geofencing technology.

The renovation represents the first phase of a significant transformation of Vineyards Country Club’s two 18-hole golf courses about 35 years ago. With the renovation of the South Course, the North Course will also undergo a full-service redesign, renovation and irrigation reconstruction in 2024.

“The improvements we are making to the golf courses will take Vineyards Country Club’s golfing experience to a new level,” said Vineyards Country Club Chairman and Co-Owner Michael Procacci, Jr. “Since 1988, the tradition of the Club has been to provide an unparalleled experience to our members and to be a valued neighbor to all. We are committed to honoring our place in the community and the continued legacy of leadership that our members have always insisted upon.”

At final completion, both courses will feature expanded yardage from the professional tees to enhance the layout to a championship level. Greens will be rebuilt and enlarged to help accommodate a range of pin locations. Fairways will be recontoured to enhance playability, pace of play and enjoyability for golfers of all skill levels. The courses will have several modern touches adding character, contour and elevation and offering members a unique golf experience.

A complete renovation timeline, including course closing and reopening dates, is available online at https://vineyardscountryclubnaples.com/golf-course-renovation/.

Plant City-based QGS Development, in tandem with Kipp Schulties Golf Design, is the general contractor for the project. Kipp has vast experience in design by having a thorough understanding of shot making and playability of a course. He also has vast experience in the design of championship-caliber golf courses. Kipp has also designed several elite courses (www. https://ksgolfdesign.com/) in the U.S. two of them being, Boca Raton Golf Club and Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club.

“Our goal is to enhance course aesthetics, function and player enjoyment on both courses within the next few years,” said Procacci. “Both QGS Development and Kipp Schulties bring a wealth of expertise, in keeping with our tradition of member satisfaction, to re-imagine our two courses and increase their recreational playability.”

QGS Development was the recipient of the Best Large Builder, and Best Small Builder awards from Golf Course News Magazine. QGS is a member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, Florida Turf Grass Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Suncoast Underground Contractor’s Association, National Underground Contractor’s Association and the Tampa Bay Business Association. The company’s notable complete renovation projects include Admirals Cove in Jupiter, FL and Adios Golf Club in Coconut Creek, FL.

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About Vineyards Country Club

Vineyards Country Club is a 1,400-acre private, non-equity master-planned golf and country club community open to both residents and non-residents for more than 30 years. The family-owned community, founded in 1988, is located just east of Interstate 75 between Pine Ridge and Vanderbilt Beach roads and includes 2,719 homes in 38 individual gated neighborhoods, a 70,000-square-foot clubhouse, and 450,000 square feet of commercial space. The award-winning Club has been enhanced through three renovations since its original construction, with no member assessments. The Club offers 36 holes of members-only championship golf; a new, 15,000 square-foot Wellness Center & Spa with technologically advanced fitness equipment, five-star spa, salt water lap pool, smoothie café, and salt room; Racquet Center with 12 Har-Tru lite tennis courts, three lite gel cushioned pickleball courts, three regulation lite bocce courts, and year-round scheduled play; formal and casual indoor and al fresco dining; banquet, reception, meeting and event facilities; and one of Naples’ most active club social calendars. For membership or residential information, call 239-353-1500,  or visit the community’s Administration Office, located at 400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples.