Elmwood Golf Course Celebrates Grand Reopening After Complete Renovation: All 27 Holes Are Open for Play!
The Elmwood Golf Course celebrated a grand reopening and ribbon cutting today after the completion of a three-year, three-phase renovation project.
The improvements include realigning of holes, major grading and drainage improvements, concrete cart paths, a new irrigation system, a new five-hole junior course, driving range renovation, and the regrassing of all the tees, fairways, and greens for consistent playing conditions from hole to hole.
“The golf course architect, Kevin Norby of Herfort-Norby, and Landscapes Unlimited did an amazing job and we couldn’t be more satisfied. The completion of the three-phase project has energized our membership, and we are excited to have all 27 holes back in play,” says Tom Jansa of Dakota Golf Management.
Elmwood Golf Course is a landmark in Sioux Falls that has been open for play since 1923. Groundbreaking for the renovation project began in September 2013 and closed the East Nine. Construction on the North Nine kicked off in late September 2014 as part of Phase 2 of the project, which also included the renovation of the driving range and construction of three of the five new junior course holes. The final phase, which wrapped up in late fall of 2016, included the renovation of the West Nine and the other half of the junior course.
The cost of improvements for the Elmwood Golf Course renovation is approximately $5 million. Sources of funding include the Federal Aviation Administration, Sioux Falls Regional Airport, and the City of Sioux Falls. The renovation of the course allowed the airport to expand its runway safety area partially onto the existing golf course and to bring the airport into full compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration safety regulations.