Golf Course & Facilities Restoration Project
The Biltmore Hotel is pleased to announce that its famed 18-hole, 71-par golf course is in the process of being restored to its original grandeur of the 1925 Donald Ross-designed layout. Overseen by veteran golf course architect Brian Silva, this restoration will add new Bermuda grass on the existing tees, fairways and greens, incorporate new bunkers, enhance both the short-game practice area as well as the range area (including an expansion of the newly-established Jim McLean Golf School “Super Station”), establish a challenging signature hole, and extend the overall course length to over 7,100 yards making it worthy of championship level play. 

The golf course restoration project is anticipated to be completed by December-2018; during which time the course and its grounds are closed for regular play. However, the Biltmore Golf Pro-Shop, the Jim-McLean Golf School, and the 19th-Hole Restaurant will remain open and uninterrupted during the restoration project.

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.
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