Tower Tee is slated to open in spring 2022 after Schaupeter’s redesign

by | Oct 25, 2021 | Driving Ranges

Tower Tee in St. Louis, USA, which was closed in 2018 for a planned housing estate, will reopen as a nine-hole par 3 course in spring 2022 following a redesign by Art Schaupeter.

Steve Walkenbach and Mike Shamia bought the property from the developer and worked with Schaupeter to bring the property back and bring it back to life.

Formerly an 18 hole par 3 course, the new design of Tower Tee has used some of the original corridors but the layout now consists of nine holes with greens taken from famous par 3 games such as Redan, Biarritz, Eden , Postage Stamp, and Golden inspired bell holes. This idea came when Schaupeter visited the property with Walkenbach and Shamia.

“The Tower Tee holes are a little over 800 yards, so it’s not a long course,” said Schaupeter. “The longest two play at around 145 to 155 yards. I tried to replicate key aspects of the various holes, especially in the green surfaces. Otherwise the holes will generally be shorter than their famous versions and may not have the full bunker equipment.

“The entire facility will be very family-oriented and we expect many children and parents to play, so that the fun factor took precedence over just recreating the holes. For example, the Biarritz Hole has the two tier green with the deep depression through the center, but it doesn’t have the flanking bunkers. The Redan-Loch has the deep bunker at the front left and only plays slightly uphill to the front plateau, but the bunker at the back right and the short transverse bunker are not included. “

The local construction company Sellenriek Grading has almost completed the construction of the golf course. Greens have Profile Porous Ceramics, the handful of small bunkers have Better Billy Bunker liners, and a Les-Hill designed Hunter irrigation system has been installed. Schaupeter was also assisted in the project by course instructor Kyle Moses.

“There are a lot of interesting and entertaining golf sports on an area of ​​around twelve hectares. I was able to use some of the more interesting location attributes to create these specific holes, which really shows off the individual character of the holes. “

The course will be accessible, playable in 90 minutes and for many only a few clubs will be needed.

“One hole that is a personal highlight is the Golden Bell, which with its flat green will be sufficiently demanding,” said Schaupeter. “It’s only about 70 meters long, half the length of the original, but only a few steps flatter on the green. I think players will get a fun feel of what it is like to achieve that goal. We don’t have a stream in front of us, just a low trough with deep rough, so that at least the penalty for hitting the stream is not imposed here.

“I also like my stamp hole. Overall, what I like about the result is the juxtaposition of postage stamps and Golden Bell Greens. Your presentation and challenge are completely different. The green is very narrow but relatively deep, while the Golden Bell green is very shallow and quite wide. Each hole has a different character from the others, so it will be a very interesting and exciting nine holes to be played, no two holes being similar apart.

“A lot of people who have toured the site also like the Dell Hole. It will be a completely blind tee shot played over a ridge to a green in a narrow hollow. We mow a fairway band around the green to roll balls that roll up the slope back down and funnel them onto the green. We’ll also be placing the white rock on the ridge so that players have an idea of ​​where to aim each day. “

The tower tee facility also includes a nine-hole putting course, a driving range, a 15,000 square meter practice green and a 2 hectare short game area.

“The two greens on the short-game practice area offer every type of situational training that a player within 30 to 35 meters of both the fairway and the roughs would like,” said Schaupeter. “I also created an adjoining chipping area with two sets of small targets positioned at precise distances so players can work on the swing mechanics and swing length to get a precise feel for various distances from 15 to 75 meters.

“The practice area offers space for over 50 players at the same time on the lawn cutting stations and another 20 on the lawn tee. It has a full range of target greens and a 30 to 35 meter wide fairway cut in the middle, making it a complete upgrade from the original version which had few rods outside in an undefined field. This will give players a lot more feedback on their training, which is key to practicing. I think that will make the range very popular with players in the area. “

This is an expanded version of an article that appeared in the October 2021 issue of Golf Course Architecture. For a printed subscription or a free digital copy, please visit our subscription page.