How Everlast Improved the Course at Eagle Watch Golf Club
Eagle Watch Golf Club in Woodstock, GA, an Arnold Palmer designed course, was in serious need of a facelift. Built in the planned community of Towne Lake just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Eagle Watch has offered a fun and challenging layout for golfers of all ages and abilities since 1989.
Challenges on the Course
Eagle Watch was having difficulties with course maintenance, specifically with mowing and edging around the thousands of linear feet of water hazards on the course. Golf Course Greens Superintendent Kenny Davis commented that countless maintenance hours were being wasted mowing and edging around the failing wooden tie walls that were rotting and falling into the lakes.
Originally constructed with pressure-treated wood, the 25-year-old failing retaining lake wall had become an eyesore on the course. Furthermore, the aesthetic beauty of the water traps had taken a serious hit. Members were starting to complain about sinkholes forming near the rotting wooden walls as backfill began to slough off into the water. At one point construction safety tape was used to keep the golfers away from the really bad spots!
The Everlast Solution
Eagle Watch Golf Club is a former member of Canongate Golf, and now a part of the ClubCorp family. Fortunately for Eagle Watch, the national headquarters for Everlast Synthetic Products was just around the corner.
After careful consideration from Gary Wilder, Canongate Head Superintendent, and Kenny Davis, Eagle Watch Superintendent, we decided to replace the failing wood wall with the cost-effective Everlast 3.1 system with EverWood support wales and a composite deck board cap.
What Our Customers Think
After over 1400 l.f. of installed walls, the management team couldn’t be happier. Because the contractor was able to use a light duty air installation hammer, golfers were able to continue play even during the installation process, which lasted just under 4 weeks from start to finish, including backfill and sodding.
In areas that had become too dangerous to support heavy equipment, maintenance crews were having to meticulously hand trim around the water traps. Maintenance crews are now able to run their mowers right up to the edge of the new wall’s cap, saving dozens of weekly maintenance hours.
As for the folks actually golfing on the course, members have continually praised the functional and aesthetic improvements of the new Everlast golf course lake wall. Every day during installation, golfers commented on how happy they were with the results of the new wall.
After two years of strong performance from the new lake wall, golf course managers are now looking to install an Everlast system on two more lakes at Eagle Watch, as well as lakes on dozens of other courses within the ClubCorp family.
Get in Touch
To learn more about lake walls and retaining walls on golf course water hazards, feel free to contact us! We’re always excited to discuss how Everlast products and engineering can improve the appearance and performance of a course while saving customers money. In the meantime, check out the progressing before and after photos in the gallery below to see how the course at Eagle Watch has transformed.