Tom Fazio Golf

Tom Fazio Golf

"This is as good as it gets; you really don't need me; the course is already here" - Tom Fazio


Tom Fazio had 350 acres through which to craft the Preserve Golf Course. When he saw the land, he said “this is as good as it gets; you really don’t need me; the course is already here”. Mother Nature had done an excellent job, but a small amount of grading was needed to fit the 18 holes to the landscape. To limit environmental impacts and water usage, Fazio irrigated just 73 acres. He developed a sophisticated drainage system to recycle water from the Course through the wastewater reclamation system and back into the Course’s irrigation system. He sand-capped the fairways to increase percolation, enhance irrigation recapture and assure playability almost immediately after rainstorms. Fazio’s routing plan used the land’s existing
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contours to create natural challenges. He meticulously planned each hole to be distinctive, as well as memorable for its own sense of place. He used the site’s natural attributes to separate each hole from the next and allow the fairways to blend into the surrounding vegetation. Twelve landmark oaks were transplanted to enhance shot-values on certain holes. While playing, you can rarely see the next hole, let alone other golfers. You play golf in a serene natural world free of noise or distractions, save the occasional cry of a red-tailed hawk. With only 300 members, tee times are rarely required. When asked about the Preserve’s signature hole, Fazio remarked that “every hole at the Preserve is a signature hole; a picture of any one could go on the front of my book.”