While working as the Senior Design
Associate for Maxwell Golf Group, Mr. Crace handled the renovation
design for Hattiesburg Country Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Originally
designed by Press Maxwell in 1959, the storied club had been an annual stop on the PGA
Tour until 1993, when tour officials elected to move the tournament north to Jackson in
search of a larger market. Set amongst towering southern pines on a gently rolling
tract of land, the club began to notice the membership declining as new courses began to
open in the Hattiesburg area. Then, with the onslaught of new courses that had been
built in Mississippi in the mid and late-1990's, this perennial Top 10 in the State found
itself off the list in 1997. A decision was made to renovate the entire course,
particularly addressing issues such as new greens, bunkers, tee complexes, drainage, and
irrigation. Since re-opening in the fall of 1999, the course has drawn wide-spread
acclaim and critical praise for preserving the natural beauty of the site while producing
a course fitting of today's golfers and the club has had a waiting list for membership for
the first time since the late 1980's.
Hattiesburg CC called on Mr. Crace (who had previously co-founded
Watermark Golf/Nathan Crace Design after leaving Maxwell Golf Group) to
prep the course for the 2005 Mississippi State Amateur conducted by the
Mississippi Golf Association. Additionally, he was called back in
2006 to put together a plan for additional work to the course in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina. Subsequently, the course was named by
Golf Digest in 2007 as the "#4 Course Overall in Mississippi."
Proof that the best
things are worth the wait.
Click here to see amazing
Before & After photos of this project.