Tippecanoe Lake CC
Leesburg, Indiana This private, 18-hole golf course sits on a high ridge above the majestic Tippecanoe Lake. Though not a resort course, the 6,000 yard layout caters mostly to seasonal members who stop by to play while visiting their summer cottages along the water. With this limited membership, and thus a limited budget, the small maintenance crew had always struggled to find the man hours necessary to maintain their numerous, high-flash bunkers. To remedy the situation, the club hired LGD in 2012 to help orchestrate a Bunker Renovation Program, with specific focus on reducing the number of bunkers from the original 70+ to around 40 – 45, and building them in a style that reduces erosion and contamination. The purpose of the reduction was to decrease long-term sand maintenance while enhancing the strategic value on each hole and the overall course by placing the bunkers in more effective locations. As part of this study, LGD reviewed their 2002 Master Plan and incorporated concepts from that plan while developing several new ideas that addressed the club’s evolving needs. The bunker renovation, implemented in Fall 2013, has resulted in a savings of over 250 man hours of work for the grounds staff and a much higher, consistent level of bunker quality that is greatly appreciated by the members!
Original architect: Harry Schopp