Mossy Oak Golf Club; West Point, Miss.
When the outfitters company Mossy Oak wanted to build a golf course not far from its headquarters, management chose architect Gil Hanse, a leading minimalist who also created the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic course. Mossy Oak wanted to represent a sustainable, mindful approach, leaving a gentle footprint on the habitat while delivering a world-class experience. Set in the Black Prairie region, the land had been a dairy farm with flowing hills and ponds.
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWe opened earlier than we expected, because we didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt have to move dirt around,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ says Chris Jester, the director of golf. The only major dirt moved was for a 7.5-acre irrigation lake. The goal was to restore the natural areas to the prairie grasses in a walkable format, with native grasses around the buildings. The course sports 103 bunkers, all using sand pulled from the local riverbed.
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWe reclaim a lot of the water through gravity,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Jester says. ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂThe native areas are not irrigated ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ they are out of maintenance. We have a commitment to not overwatering. Our fertilizers are all organic, slow-release.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ