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gallery name:   Hattiesburg CC | Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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     In the summer of 2004, Hattiesburg Country Club (HCC) decided to make a handful of course upgrades in preparation for the club hosting the 2005 State Amateur Championship.  They called on our principal architect, Nathan Crace, for assistance with the project--given his past history with the club's whole course renovations in 1999.
    
“The course has continued to receive rave reviews since re-opening in 1999,” says Crace.  “And I’ve always felt fortunate to have been a part of the renovation work.  But with the State Amateur coming here next year, the club wanted to ‘tweak’ a few things.”
     The “tweaking” includes adding three fairway bunkers on the par-5 17th hole, enlarging the member tee on the par-4 1st hole, and re-working the first fairway bunker on the par-5 13th hole.  According to Crace, the changes are both aesthetic and functional.
    
“There aren’t a lot of things you can do to improve this course,” he adds.  “[Director of Golf] Jerry [Weeks], [Superintendent] Frank [Ogletree], their staff, and the membership have done a tremendous job of maturing the course in the five years since the renovation work.  They just felt like the timing was right to address a few minor issues they wanted to look into on the course.”
     The before and after photos below demonstrate the subtle yet effective changes that resulted from this week-long project. 

Click here to see the photo gallery from the 1999 renovation project.

The addition of three fairway bunkers down the left side of the first landing area on the par-5 17th hole created a dramatic visual impact from the tee (and the clubhouse) and placed more of a premium on the tee shot for longer hitters who can reach the green in two.  The photos below show (1) the new bunkers after being flagged out by Mr. Crace, (2) the same areas after the sod was stripped, (3) the bunkers after rough shaping, and (4) the completed project after drainage, sod and sand were installed. 

The before and after photos below show the view from the championship tee on the 17th hole.

The photo below shows a wide-angle view from the championship tee on the 17th hole.

The photos below show the first fairway bunker on the 13th hole before and after the work.  Re-shaping the bunker not only made it more visible from the tee, but it also brought it more into play.

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