Richardson | Danner to Create Golf Entertainment Center for Shingle Springs Tribal Community
Planning underway for new California facility to introduce golf to new players and cater to the golf enthusiast
By: Golf Group Ltd.
"It's an exciting site with great potential," says Jeff Danner, Senior Golf Course Architect who will lead the project along with noted clubhouse architects, Swaback Architects+Planners. "Together with Jeff Denzak at Swaback, we will create family fun and entertainment for the Shingle Springs Tribal Community. With a focus on golf and outdoor spaces, it will not only serve those visiting and traveling along Highway 50 between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, but residents throughout El Dorado Hills County."
Plans call for a golf driving range with launch monitor and gaming technology, a 9-hole "short course" and miniature golf course. The project will adhere to best environmental practices including water saving technology and sustainable approaches to building and operations. "Today we are looking at combining golf with food, entertainment and activities,"
The design team will work closely with Acorn, the tribal community's official development entity, to program, plan and implement the project. Richardson | Danner will oversee a team of consultants including National Golf Foundation Consulting for golf market analysis; Synergy Consultants for golf entertainment integration;
"It's a new age," according to Forrest Richardson, Principal Golf Course Architect. "We're no longer designing just for the game we grew up playing, but for a new generation of golfers — many who simply want to have fun as opposed to keeping score. The biggest difference we see is how the playing board of the game is changing — today it's often smaller and highly connected. Today's golf facility is more interactive than any of us could ever have envisioned."
Planning is scheduled to be complete by Fall 2022 with the project potentially breaking ground in 2023. "This new approach to golf is taking off across the world," adds Jeff Danner. "The realization that the most social game ever invented does not have to fit a certain mold is now, more than ever, at the forefront of how we approach projects to make them successful and sustainable into the future."