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Griffin Gate Golf to get $1M renovation from specialist Rees Jones

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2015) — Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington today announced it has broken ground on a $1 million bunker renovation project, along with a complete greens complex refinement, set for mid-May completion.

Renowned golf architect Rees Jones (left), along with architect Bryce Swanson of Rees Jones, Inc., survey the golf course at Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky, in advance of a $1 million bunker renovation that will take place at the property, which is located at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington. The project, which is scheduled for completion in mid-May, will be highlighted by the successful Better Billy Bunker Method, which is used on many premier courses nationwide.
Renowned golf architect Rees Jones (left), along with architect Bryce Swanson of Rees Jones Inc.,
survey the golf course at Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington, Kentucky, in advance of a $1 million bunker
renovation that will take place at the property, which is located at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
in Lexington. The project, which is scheduled for completion in mid-May, will be highlighted by the
successful Better Billy Bunker Method, which is used on many premier courses nationwide.

The Marriott Golf-managed course has commissioned renowned golf architect Rees Jones, the original Griffin Gate Golf Course designer, to direct the project, which will further enhance one of the premier golf experiences in the rolling hills of Kentucky Bluegrass Country. It is located at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa.

Highlighting the project, Jones will utilize the highly successful Better Billy Bunker Method throughout the golf course. This innovative bunker system is used at a collection of the game’s premier courses, including Valhalla in Louisville, Bethpage Black in New York and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. The bunker system is also popular among Marriott Golf facilities, having recently been installed at The Rookery at Marco, located at the Marco Island Marriott Resort.

“I am happy to be returning to work on Griffin Gate, one of my first designs. It’s like seeing an old friend after 34 years,” said Jones. “1981 was quite a while back, so a bunker renovation to bring the course ‘back to the future’ will serve the course well. We are also re-defining the fairway lines and creating chipping areas to give the course more varied challenges. We feel the changes will maintain the popularity that Griffin Gate has enjoyed for the last three decades.”

Marriott Golf manages 52 golf courses at 40 locations in 12 countries.

“We are extremely excited to have Rees Jones return to Griffin Gate and lead not only the bunker renovation, but the greens complex refinement as well,” said Mark Ravenscraft, general manager of Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. “Aside of his famed expertise, no one knows the facility better, which means this project will greatly enhance a golf course already known for its competitive play, beauty and environmentally friendly appeal. Griffin Gate enjoys a tremendous history and popularity in the rolling hills of Kentucky and we are excited that Rees Jones will help to take that distinction to another level.”

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Mark Green

Editorial director of Lane Communications Group. Editor of The Lane Report. Executive editor for our family of publications and websites. Green is a Kentucky native -- born in Louisville and raised in Elizabethtown and Lebanon. He has a Journalism degree from UK, where he worked on The Kernel student newspaper. He worked for newspapers in Brentwood and Tazewell, Tenn.; Thibodaux, La.; Ocala and Lakeland, Fla.; and Houma, La. -- nearly 25 years of which was with New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. His news experience includes coverage of local government, courts, politics and business. Management and supervision experience includes the editorial page, lifestyles and the copy desk. Green returned to Kentucky to join The Lane Report and Lane Communications in 2007.

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