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American Course to close for drainage improvements Aug. 13

Post Date:08/09/2018 8:38 AM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager


Sarasota, FL:  The American Course at Bobby Jones Golf Club, owned and operated by the City of Sarasota, will close temporarily for drainage improvements effective Monday, Aug. 13. The 18-hole course is expected to reopen by Dec. 1.

Due to poor drainage, the course is overwhelmed with water and frequently unplayable following a heavy rain. During the temporary closure, the drainage on all 18 fairways will be corrected. 

Bobby Jones Drainage- American Course“The improvements are needed as a stop gap measure,” said Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager Sue Martin. “By eliminating the water and soggy conditions, the American Course will be playable and once again attract golfers who want to spend time playing a round at this urban oasis.”

The City Commission approved limited capital improvements at the municipal golf course last month to help keep Bobby Jones open to the public and playable while a master plan for the golf course is finalized and executed over the coming years.

For more information, contact Sue Martin, Bobby Jones Golf Club Manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 5800. 


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