Largo Tees Up with new Golf Course
Applied Sciences provided comprehensive site planning and engineering services in the redesign of the Largo Community Golf Course, including drainage design and environmental permitting. The 3,254-yard, par-62 course celebrated its grand re-opening in April 2007. “We were fortunate to have a client committed to redeveloping the course in an environmentally sensitive manner,” said Elie Araj, President of Applied Sciences. Working with golf course architect Ward Northrup and the City of Largo, Applied Sciences utilized Low Impact Development (LID) strategies to minimize changes to natural drainage patterns on site while accommodating new fairways, greens, cart paths and amenities including a clubhouse. Instead of piping additional stormwater runoff to a retention pond, Applied Sciences’ design included smaller swales and depression areas distributed throughout the course in out-of-play areas. The natural features allow rainwater to slowly percolate into the ground and filter out pollutants. These and other design elements described below helped produce a refurbished course that is as attractive and challenging to play as it is environmentally sensitive.
- Impervious paved areas were limited to those required by code. Shallow swales alongside cart paths slow and filter stormwater runoff before it reaches the course.
- Natural landscape features and drainage patterns were preserved and incorporated in the redesign, which maximized the use of existing lakes and ditches.
- Mounds and elevated contours throughout the course feature native plants and mulch, instead of sod, to reduce the need for water and fertilizers.
- All stormwater runoff from the golf course is detained and treated on-site before being discharged to adjacent waterways.