Member Jim Lipe renovates Southern Trace Country Club

Southern Trace will host the 104th Louisiana Amateur Championship, July 20-23, 2023.

The following excerpt is from an article on The First Call Golf’s website. 

Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, Louisiana, recently completed a two-year, $4.2 million golf course renovation and enhancement project. The project focused on irrigation and drainage system upgrades, green complex enhancements and the addition of a new short game practice area.

Golf course designer and Southern Trace member Jim Lipe, formerly a longtime associate in Jack Nicklaus Design, oversaw the course renovation with Wadsworth Construction, Black Creek Construction and Winterberry Construction performing the work.

The renovation project included rebuilding all 18 greens and resurfacing them with Mach One Bermudagrass; adding and eliminating tee boxes; reshaping fairways; and installing a new state-of-the-art irrigation system. Bridges were also added on holes 5 and 15 to accommodate walking and cart traffic, and the club’s agronomy team completed large drainage projects, and cut tree canopies on several holes to increase playability and enhance the ability to grow healthy turf.

“I’m very pleased with what we’ve accomplished here,” Lipe said. “As a longtime Southern Trace member, I was able to identify areas on the golf course that needed to be changed or updated, and address those during this renovation. We have a wonderful superintendent, Graham Kornmeyer, who brought a lot of expertise and experience to this project.”

The club’s new short game practice area was designed by Lipe and includes nearly four acres of turf, two greens with a combined 13,000 square feet, and four sand traps offering a variety of shots that allow members and guests the opportunity to practice and hone their skills before heading out to the course.

Established in 1988, Southern Trace features an Arthur Hills-designed golf course that plays through open meadows and a dense oak forest. The 7,015-yard course has a proud history of hosting high-level professional and amateur tournaments, including the Tour’s Southern Open from 1990-2002, multiple state amateur championships and the AJGA David Toms Junior Invitational.

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