Renovations Under Way at Chester W. Ditto Golf Course in North Arlington
By Parks & Recreation
Posted on January 31, 2017, January 31, 2017

Renovations Underway at Chester

A total course renovation, under the direction of famed course architect John Colligan, commenced at Chester W. Ditto Golf Course in mid-December 2016.

The total redesign is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete, with a an anticipated re-opening date scheduled for late fall 2017. The renovation will include a complete re-routing of the facility, improved turf grasses for the new tees and greens complexes, new bunkers and many other updated aspects which will benefit all golfers. Colligan will also oversee the expansion of the water collection/retention pond, and the planting of drought tolerant species, to aid in irrigation efforts and water savings.

The new layout will stretch to 7,000 yards for low-handicap golfers and potential collegiate events, and will feature five sets of tees to ensure a great playing experience for golfers of all ability levels. An expanded driving range and practice facility will also allow for additional private instruction and group lessons for both adults and junior golfers.

Renovations Underway at Chester

Colligan Golf Design, headquartered in Arlington, has overseen many notable course renovations including recent projects at Stevens Park Golf Course, Squaw Creek Golf Course, Brackenridge Park Golf Course, Stonebriar Country Club and Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Stevens Park jumped to No. 18 in Golfweek's ranking of the best municipal courses in the U.S. following Colligan's work.

A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Colligan has 30 years of experience in golf course design. Promoting a philosophy which encapsulates a careful blend of playability, aesthetics, maintainability and budget; Colligan has worked successfully with private clubs, resorts and municipalities in an effort to upgrade their golf facilities in an ever competitive market place. Assisting Colligan on the renovation is Trey Kemp, who has worked with Colligan Golf Design since 2007 and is responsible for all phases of design, construction documents and construction observation.

Financing of the renovation will come from a variety of sources, including 2008 and 2014 bond funds and debt service. Final decisions on the clubhouse plans and budget are expected to be finalized later this spring.

Area golfers are encouraged to visit Tierra Verde, Lake Arlington and Meadowbrook Park Golf Course during the closure.

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Renovations Underway at Chester

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