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Golf at Jonathan's Landing

Professionally Speaking

With Joe Downey, Director of Golf

Another month has passed, continuing to bring a sense of normalcy and null the wild disruption that came to our world one year ago. What a relief it is to know that within a few months’ time, most of the population will have the opportunity to be vaccinated and begin to proceed with typical summer activities. We have also made it through another month of progress constructing the new golf course and practice facility at Old Trail. The course is beginning to take on a life form with the shaping from Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and the rest of their team!

Last month, the new names for our Old Trail courses were announced. The new course deemed the “Match Course” is currently being built with “Match Play” as the translucent forefront in the eyes of the designers. This name does not only tie into the risk reward nature of the course’s playability, but it also is rooted in the history of the game of golf, being its oldest and simplest formats. Parlaying off “Match Play” and its history, the course will encompass design features and “template holes” seen from the historic greats of golf architecture, such as Seth Raynor, C.B. McDonald, and Dr. Alister MacKenzie.

The name “Medal Course” is taken from the format “Medal Play” and is simply another term for stroke play, where an individual counts their strokes on each hole and totals them at the end of the round. It is a fitting name to the courses characteristics with its setup for championship style golf. A more specific usage of “Medal Play” refers to the stroke-play qualifying rounds that precede a match play tournament, uniting our two names together. This is seen in high level amateur championships, such as the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur, where 264 players play 36 holes of Medal Play with the top 64 advancing to the Match Play bracket.

The most attractive experience that comes with a trip to Old Trail is the Golf Mecca that it is. When the work is complete, we will have 36 holes, a state-of-the-art practice range, expansive practice fields for short game and wedge work, a putting course and practice putting green. It is only fitting that the names of our courses are tied to the game that brings us out to Old Trail and what our experience on the property surrounds.

From a staffing perspective, you may notice someone missing from our Professional Staff, Max Bosco. Although we are saddened for his departure from our team, our loss is another’s gain and we are delighted for the opportunity ahead of him with the TaylorMade Golf Company. He will be taking over South Florida in their Experiential Representative role, responsible for organizing and overseeing all TaylorMade Demo & Fitting Days. Many of you are aware of the value he has brought to our team over the years, especially within club fitting and sales. We are excited for him and his next endeavor. Fortunately, he will still have his appearances around the Club representing TaylorMade. Please help us wish him the best of luck!
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