TPC River Highlands renovates bunkers, tees and more

TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut -- home of the Traveler's Championship -- unveils new look

TPC River Highlands, the host course of the PGA Tour's Traveler's Championship -- which will be played Aug. 4-7 in Cromwell, Conn. -- has unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation that included redoing many of the courses bunkers, as well as tees, greens and drainage improvements.

The course's original architect, Bobby Weed, was consulted, while the work was done by golf construction company McDonald and Sons, Inc., which has also been involved with renovation projects at a number of high-profile clubs and tournament venues throughout the country.

The work to the TPC River Highlands included the rebuilding, repositioning and restyling of all bunkers. They also got new sand and better drainage systems.

In addition, the 17th green was totally rebuilt, while the greens on the 10th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes got minor surface modifications.

Several tee boxes were leveled, including a whole new tee complex on the 15th.

Other improvements to the course -- the host site of the Travelers Champions for the last 33 years -- included repairing and rerouting of several cart paths, stabilization of the lake banks to avoid erosion and improve the look, and the enhancement of drainage throughout the golf course.

The improvements come two years after a 10-year sponsorship extension with Travelers. At the time, special considerations were given to improving the spectator experiences at the tournament, resulting in enhanced viewing areas and improvements to the existing Fan Zone.

"We're extremely pleased with the results of the enhancement project," said David Corrado, general manager at the private TPC River Highlands. "The feedback from the members and their guests has been extremely positive. The golf course has a fresh, clean look to it. And while changes in some areas are quite significant, the integrity and strategic nature of the golf course was maintained in a way that the course is enjoyable and a challenge for all skill levels.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut -- home of the Traveler's Championship -- unveils new look