Griffin Gate Golf Club, a Marriott Golf-managed facility located at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, Kentucky has broken ground on a $1 million bunker renovation project, along with a complete greens complex refinement.

Scheduled for completion in mid-May, golf architect Rees Jones, the original Griffin Gate Golf Course designer, will direct the project, which will enhance the experience of playing golf in the rolling hills of Kentucky Bluegrass Country.

Highlighting the project, Jones will use the Better Billy Bunker Method throughout the golf course. The bunker system is currently used at a collection of golf courses, including Valhalla in Louisville, Bethpage Black in New York and Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. The bunker system was also recently installed at The Rookery at Marco, located at the Marco Island Marriott Resort.

“I am happy to be returning to work on Griffin Gate, one of my first designs. It’s like seeing an old friend after 34 years,” said Jones.  “1981 was quite a while back, so a bunker renovation to bring the course ‘back to the future’ will serve the course well.  We are also re-defining the fairway lines and creating chipping areas to give the course more varied challenges.  We feel the changes will maintain the popularity that Griffin Gate has enjoyed for the last three decades.”

Griffin Gate officials and Rees Jones, Inc. will execute the operation in two 9 holes phases, thus allowing for 9 holes of the course to remain open for resort and local guests at all times.