St. Johns, Florida

Stillwater Golf & Country Club

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Overview

Stillwater Golf & Country Club is located between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla. Inspired by native wetlands and cypress trees, Stillwater is the region’s first new 18-hole golf course in two decades (2002).

Bobby Weed Golf Design’s routing is adaptive for the future. This progressive golf course meanders through neighborhoods, lagoons, marshland and pine forests as the centerpiece of a new master-planned community. Architectural highlights:

  • Just 70 acres of irrigated turf (148 total acres)
  • Can be played in loops of three, six, nine and twelve holes
  • Vertical sod wall EcoBunkers
  • Elegant lay-down walls
  • 18 acres of shell screenings for cart paths, visual contrast and reduced maintenance
  • 16-acre lighted driving range with Toptracer Range
  • Himalayan-style putting course
Awards
2022 Sports Illustrated

Winner - Most Innovative Course Design

2023 Golf Digest

Current Nominee - Best New Golf Course

2023 Golf Magazine

Current Nominee - Best New Golf Course

Challenge

Debuting for developer Lennar Homes, the innovative par-72 stretches 6,730 yards for the 550-home active adult community. Built on a low-lying site, 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt were required for the golf course and residential development.

With construction commencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, crews had to take extra precautions and work through numerous supply chain issues for two years.

Approach

Weed is a leader in building environmentally-conscious golf courses. Stillwater is no exception. Featuring just 70 acres of irrigated turf, BWGD’s forward-thinking design will save thousands of gallons of water every year. 

Bunker maintenance is an intense labor and financial commitment for clubs. To counter, BWGD installed EcoBunkers. Sods (grass and part of the soil beneath it) are built on top of each other to create a layered effect. These fortified bunkers:

  • Reduce wind-based erosion
  • Save time and money on maintenance
  • Yield a beautiful on-course aesthetic

 

Roughs and out-of-play areas are lined with Centipede and Bahiagrass. These grasses are valued for outstanding heat tolerance.

Solution

Sports Illustrated has named Stillwater as the 2022 Most Innovative Course Design.

Bobby Weed Golf Design successfully built a golf course for today’s active member. Stillwater’s flexible layout offers multiple loops so members can play as their time permits. “Don’t expect a golf course from the past. We provided Lennar Homes with something distinct and different,” said Bobby Weed. 

Featuring elegant lay-down walls, native grass roughs, small sod wall pot bunkers and an abundance of non-irrigated shell paths, Stillwater’s visual contrast is stunning.

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