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Extreme makeover: CCC edition
Project returning Camden CC to Donald Ross' original vision
MATT MCCARLEY, HEAD PROFESSIONAL and general manager of the Camden Country Club, stands at the second tee with the holes plastic-covered green in the background. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
It takes a keen eye and a deft touch when you decide to take on one of golf’s most revered course architects and tinker with one of his gems.In 1922, the owners of the Kirkwood Hotel in Camden sought out former three-time U.S. Amateur champion Walter Travis to design and lay out a course on what was then a rather non-descript Kirkwood Links. The facility was located near the hotel. The new course would become what is now the Camden Country Club.Travis’s course was marked by sand greens on which balls had true rolls as compared to most turf greens, at the time.By the 1930s, sand was giving way to grass greens -- which were coming into vogue thanks to advancements in the field of turf management -- and Camden Country Club officials decided to join the growing trend.