Golf News for Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Courses

Jemsek Golf Design to re-do Caujaral Club in Barranquilla, Colombia

CHICAGO -- Caujaral Club in Barranquilla, Colombia has taken the first steps with Jemsek Golf Design in a multi-year project to renovate the celebrated course on the Atlantic Coast. Established in 1969, Caujaral Club was designed by Joe Lee and has been rated the No. 1 course in Colombia several times by Golf Digest Magazine. The club is named for the cajuaro tree which grows on the grounds and along potions of the Northern Atlantic coast of South America. The improvement project will encompass the reconstruction of all the major features including greens, tees, bunkers and irrigation system.

"It's has been an honor to work with this fine club. The layout offers players an exciting and enjoyable round of golf," said Joe Jemsek, the lead golf course designer.

The front nine of the golf course plays from a high bluff towards the expansive Lago del Cisne (Swan Lake). Along the lake, there are several tempting, risk-rewards holes including the 300 yard No. 4 and No. 5, which plays from an island tee to an island green. The back nine offers greater changes in topography and sweeping vistas of the city of Barranquilla, the Rio Magdalena, and the Atlantic Ocean.

"This marks an opportunity for the Caujaral Club to continue its legacy of providing world class golf and this project will take the golf course to the next level, equal to any in the world," said club president, Sergio Espinosa. "Our recently opened Nautical Center and ongoing improvements to the club house represent a commitment to offer a full range of amenities and service to our members and invited guests."

"We are looking at ways to make the course more enjoyable for membership, while continuing to challenge the tournament players," commented Jemsek. "The master plan focuses on improving course aesthetics, agronomic conditions, and creating different tees for every type of player. Additionally we have planned improvements to the golf academy, including areas for family golf. This area will be critical to promote the game with the next generations of golfers here in Barranquilla."

The club began the improvement plan this past summer with the reconstruction of the 14th hole. This downhill 175 yard, par 3 has a green perched on a ridge with panoramic views. In addition to new Dwarf Bermuda grass planted on the green, the bunker was rebuilt in a more dramatic, flashed sand style. The hole re-opened in late November, when the club hosted nearly 180 players for the 37th installment of the International Caribbean Open.

Additionally in 2013, the club also began a new corporate sponsorship program. A limited number of corporate and community partners were invited to join the club and participate in the improvement program. Partners will receive access to club facilities; enjoy advertisement opportunities on the course, and promotional considerations during select club events. For more information on Caujaral Club please contact gerencia@lagosdecaujaral.com or visit www.lagosdecaujaral.com.

Joe Jemsek has been designing, renovating, and restoring golf courses around the world, both collaboratively with other designers and independently since 1996. Jemsek Golf Design creates distinctive courses by pairing each site's unique attributes with classic golf design strategies. This approach is incorporated into detailed plans with the intent of creating enjoyable, eco-friendly and sustainable golf courses. Jemsek has previously completed course design work at the award-winning Summer Grove Golf Club in Newnan, GA, Windermere Country Club in Windermere, FL, and GlenLakes Golf Club in Foley, AL. Jemsek Golf Design is currently working on a golf academy at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville, LA, and bunker improvements to St Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago, IL.

For information on Jemsek Golf Design, contact jemsekgolf@gmail.com or visit www.jemsekgolfdesign.com.