Residents of Everett, Washington, and area golfers, will be the beneficiaries when Todd Schoeder, ASGCA Associate, (Icon Golf Studio) completes renovating the municipal Legion Memorial Golf Course, minimizing the impact of stormwater on the city.

Golf Course Architecture reports:

The primary purpose of the project is to reduce or eliminate basement and surface flooding as part of the Northwest Neighbourhood Stormwater Separation Project, a collaboration between Legion Memorial, the City of Everett and Everett Community College. The new golf course design, which will see the introduction of four new holes, will also reduce sewer overflows into the Snohomish River.

“In the preliminary planning for this project, Schoeder prepared various concept master plans that demonstrated the ability to further modify/improve the course and add more Stormwater detention ponds in the future,” said project manager Dave Voigt.

Schoeder has introduced a pond network on the course to deal with the stormwater, while also becoming a feature of the design. “Water now strategically comes into play on three of the four new holes and the three new ponds also serve as stormwater detention ponds, capturing runoff from the surrounding neighbourhoods to alleviate the recurring flooding,” said Schoeder.

Schoeder said: “The four new holes are coming together nicely. Through the remodel, we were able to redesign the existing 90-degree dogleg right par-five third hole into two new holes – a par three and par four that allows us to remove the existing par-three ninth finishing hole and end the round with a strong par five (the existing eighth).” Schoeder is also converting the old par-three ninth hole into a practice area and/or playoff hole.

“With the new bunkers and green complexes, we are able restore Chandler Egan’s original design aesthetic on the new holes,” explained Schoeder.

The course is expected to open in October 2018.

The complete GCA article can be seen here.