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Golf Article: "Restoration Brings The Biltmore Back"

Florida State Golf Association By Sean Fairholm

CORAL GABLES | Not long after Bob Coman started his job as director of golf at the Biltmore Hotel, he decided to take a road trip.

Coman was on his way to visit his son at the University of Virginia when he stopped into a library known for historic golf memorabilia in Pinehurst, N.C. For $180 a woman made him a copy of the original blueprints Donald Ross used in 1925 to design the Biltmore Golf Course, an incredible look at one of the first courses to be constructed in South Florida.

But Coman received something even better, something akin to hopping in a time machine and walking alongside the legendary architect himself. “I was about to leave and the lady behind the counter said, ‘You’ve been so nice to me, so I have something else for you,’ ” Coman recalls. “And she handed me Ross’ original handwritten notes from the design.”

What those blueprints and notes have led to is a $2.5 million restoration currently taking place at the Biltmore course. It coincides with a $25 million renovation of the hotel and its amenities, an act of preservation and enhancement to ensure this national historic landmark stays true to its past while being relevant and attractive in modern times.

To do so on the golf side, Coman and designer Brian Silva are attempting to transform Biltmore into what Ross intended nearly a century ago. The bunkering plans provide more movement to the fairways with angles intended to challenge better players while making the course manageable for the recreational player. The TifEagle greens will have the Ross trademark of gentle turtlebacks and walks to the next tee box will be shortened in many cases.