MANATEE -- After deciding to include golf courses as part of two new country club communities in Florida this year, the West Florida Division of Taylor Morrison conducted a national search for a designer who could create beautiful yet challenging fairways while preserving the natural beauty of the land.
C.W. Golf Architecture will be that company to direct the development of the new courses at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch and Esplanade Golf and Country Club of Naples. Headed by veteran designer Chris Wilczynski, the firm has been tapped to oversee the creation of two 18-hole championship courses that are slated to open for play in 2014.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Wilczynski has been in the business of golf course design for 20 years and was an award-wining partner and design associate with Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates for two decades. He has a long list of notable golf courses to his credit, including sites in California, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Virginia, New York, Colorado, Tennessee, and Ontario. On a regional level, he was involved in the renovation of the Forest Glen Golf and Country Club in Naples, the master plan for Stoneybrook Golf Club in Sarasota, and the development of River Strand Golf Club and Stoneybrook Golf Club at Heritage Harbor in Bradenton.