Spence Golf Design Collaborates with Nicklaus Design
(Sumter, SC) — The dramatic redesign of Sunset Country Club by Spence Golf Design and world-renowned Nicklaus Design is worthy of a new name, Quixote Club, inspired by the character Don Quixote, a man who dared to dream the impossible.
“Our purpose is to connect, inspire, and change lives through golf,” said Greg Thompson, owner of the Quixote Club. “We are not only re-inventing and renaming this club, we are creating in a truly special golf experience.”
Thompson explained that proceeds from Quixote Club will be reinvested into Sumter STEAM Charter School. “Through membership sales and corporate sponsors, the Quixote Club’s goal is to elevate our community by providing a world-class education to the youth in our area.”
The collaboration between Spence Golf Design and Jack Nicklaus II of Nicklaus Design began with several on-site visits and the evolution of a new course routing.
“We are very excited to be a part of such a comprehensive renovation project,” said Jack Nicklaus II, President of Nicklaus Design. “When I saw the property and Greg shared the club’s vision, I couldn’t wait to get started on the design plans. The land we are working with is beautiful, and it is special to be part of a project that will reinvest in the community.”
Spence Golf will be doing the reconstruction and restoration of the golf course. The redesign will consist of a new main entrance, enlarging and adding ponds, and creating an expansive practice area. The entire back nine will be changed, in addition to significant alterations on holes 3, 4, 5, and 6.
“We understand that members will have to make a sacrifice during this construction phase,” said Thompson “But these changes will be worth the wait.” Among Thompson’s goals for Quixote Club are to achieve status among the top ten Top Ten Course status incourses in South Carolina and to host a LPGA tournament.
Over the next 11 months, a $13 million investment will be made to redesign the golf course and completely renovate the main clubhouse. Jeff Harbison, who designed the highly acclaimed clubouses at Congaree (Ridgeland, SC) and Diamond Creek (Banner Creek, NC), has been retained as the architect for the clubhouse.
For more information on the Quixote Club contact Melissa Hudson at 803-775-5541 or visit www.Quixoteclub.com
About Nicklaus Companies:
For 50 years, the mission of Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience and to deliver quality branded products and services on a global basis that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of its Founder, Jack Nicklaus. The Nicklaus Companies businesses include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of lifestyle products worldwide under the iconic Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear brands. Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has created over 420 courses worldwide, open for play in 45 countries and 40 U.S states. In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to further the growth of the company and expand the branded businesses. In addition to institutionalizing the Nicklaus brands for the future, Milstein has instilled a personal philosophy of “A Brand That Gives Back” with products and partners committing to donations to help the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and other charities. A leading entrepreneur in the golf industry, Milstein also created 8AM Golf, a family of companies that also includes GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com, Miura Golf, Club Conex, True Spec Golf and GolfLogix. All share a common mission to help players at all levels enjoy the game more.
About Kris Spence:
Kris Spence, President of Spence Golf is a nationally recognized leader and golf architect in the field of design, renovation and restoration of classic golf architecture. Spence Golf founded in 1997 has completed over 50 golf course projects in the US and brings a highly experienced team of uniquely trained craftsman to each SGI project. Best known for his sensitive and authentic restoration of Donald Ross courses, Kris Spence applies an old school philosophic approach to design that is thought provoking, strategic and timeless.
About Harbinson Architects:
Harbinson Architects is an award-winning architectural firm that has a rich and diverse portfolio that ranges from publicly recognized projects, such as the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and New York’s Central Park; to private homes and clubs, including Congaree and Diamond Creek golf clubs. This boutique design firm, with over 35 years of experience, is dedicated to providing exceptional quality service and creating beautiful environments unique to their location. Their work strives to enhance the quality of life of the people who experience it through the intricate marriage of psychology and architecture.