Venice Golf & Country Club has confirmed that they will invest some $2.5 million in course improvements this summer. The projected re-opening of the course is set for late October. The upgrades include a new irrigation system which should drop the course’s water consumption by some 30 to 40 percent. The project also includes the installation of Celebration Bermuda grass on all the fairways and tees. This grass is very Florida friendly as it is resistant to the cooler climate of our winter months. The greens will be replaced with Bermuda Tif Eagle grass. While working on the tee boxes, the club decided to enlarge the boxes by about 1/3 to allow great teeing surfaces year round.
All of this comes on the heels of other recent, non course improvements. The clubhouse was remodeled in 2012 and a new bag drop and golf cart parking area was redesigned to enhance traffic flow.
But for me, the best improvement of all was allowing outside membership. It’s simply a wonderful track and a great golf experience. I’m happy that non-residents now have the opportunity to join this top tier course.