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Course Construction on the Home Stretch
New Coore & Crenshaw-designed course nearing completion in The Heritage

Published: 03.28.2023

What began as a dream in 2018 is becoming a reality. Russell Lands announced recently that their new Coore & Crenshaw-designed golf course on Lake Martin has reached the final stages of course construction. The contractor team returned to work with the arrival of spring in anticipation of having the course ready for play this fall.

Spring through fall is the best period in Alabama to build a golf course. At the end of last October, the course construction team had just one fairway, number 14, and a couple of tees that required any significant grading. Most of the rest of the course, which winds its way through rolling forest and along Lake Martin’s shoreline, was already shaped and sodded. The driving range is scheduled for sodding in mid-March. This comparatively small amount of grading will allow the final sections of Zeon Zoysia sod to be placed on the course in March.

Sixteen greens, which feature TifEagle Bermudagrass, were sprigged last summer. The two remaining greens are scheduled to be sprigged late spring with the arrival of warmer summertime temperatures. The practice green will be sprigged at that same time. These final touches will allow the course to experience the summer growing season to prepare for playable conditions this fall.

Like all Coore & Crenshaw courses, the new golf course is a beautiful use of land that promises to be popular for golf enthusiasts. The course will be the heart of a private golf club, Wicker Point Golf Club, that is located within a 1,500-acre new master-planned community on the shores of Lake Martin, The Heritage.

The golf club, located in the center of The Heritage, will include a beautiful new clubhouse and adjacent pro shop, designed by Hank Long of Birmingham’s Henry Sprott Long & Associates, a brand-new practice facility, and a collection of golf cottages available for members’ guests. The overall community, The Heritage, will also include The Benjamin Lake Club—a lakefront amenity center that will include a clubhouse with fitness center, resort-style pool, community docks, beach, tennis and pickleball complex, event lawns, and parks—and a proposed marina adjacent to the property.

The Heritage is a multiphase lakefront community situated along 12 miles of pristine shoreline. The first phase of residential homesites was released last summer with 47 of the 52 waterfront homesites selling within a few short weeks. New ownership opportunities will be available in late spring of this year. To be among the first to know, reach out to one of our Realtors® today.

See the progress of golf course, clubhouse, and pro shop, here.

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