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gallery name:   The Grammy Museum at Delta State University GC | Cleveland, Mississippi



Above: A panoramic view of the new par-3 5th hole at Delta State GC during grassing/grow-in (the new 4th green is across the lake).

When the Grammys (yes, those Grammys) decided to build only the second Grammy Museum in the world (the first being in Los Angeles), they turned to the Birthplace of American Music--the Mississippi Delta.  With their eyes set on the college town of Cleveland, Mississippi, they were offered five acres of prime real estate on the campus of Delta State University with frontage on heavily traveled Highway 6, near historic Highway 61.  The only problem: the site was directly on top of two of the holes on the Delta State Golf Course.  Project engineers knew they would have to build a pond for storm water retention from the Grammy Museum site and re-arrange the golf course, so they contacted Watermark Golf/Nathan Crace Design.

Nathan's unique solution incorporated the retention pond as a lake that not only slowed storm water runoff, but also became a focal point of the new area of the golf course.  Furthermore, engineers from Eley|Barkely Engineering were able to utilize the new lake to slow the discharge of the water from a previous open 30' wide drainage ditch to help property owners downstream.  To keep the course's par at 36 without a series of short holes in the impacted area, Nathan turned the par-4 4th hole into a reachable par-5 culminating on a peninsula jutting into the new lake, turned the par-4 5th into a stunning par-3 over the new lake, turned the par-3 6th into a challenging risk/reward 319 yard par-4 to a long narrow green guarded by three bunkers, and the par-5 7th hole into a dogleg right par-4 using the existing green and new tees.

After project approval by the Grammy Board, the design was fast-tracked and completed in just over two weeks.  Construction began in the Summer of 2013, was scheduled for only 90 days, was completed on schedule in the Fall of 2013.  Museum construction is scheduled to begin in 2014.

A photo gallery and a color rendering of the renovation work in plan view is included below (more photos will be added as the project progresses):

Photo Slideshow

  Click on the photos below to enlarge and view photos of the renovation/re-design work.

We'll be adding more photos as the project progresses. Please check back for updates.

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Before & After

  Below are "Before and After" photos of the putting green renovation.


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