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“The principle consideration of the architect is to design his course in such a way as to hold interest of the player from the first tee to the last green and to present the problem of the various holes in such a way that they register in the player’s mind as he stands on the tee or on the fairway from tee to green.” – William S. Flynn
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The Naval Academy golf course was realized in 1938, when the U. S. Navy purchased the surrounding land on Greenbury Point in order to expand their radio communications facility. The acquired land included the eighteen hole golf course developed in 1928 by the Greenbury Point Yacht and Country Club, but had become abandoned during the Great Depression.
Over the next two years, the Navy restored nine of the eighteen original holes and in 1940, the Naval Academy Golf Club opened for play. In 1942, William Flynn was contracted to design and develop a course composed around the existing nine holes. Flynn’s selection was an ideal choice, given his uncanny ability to blend manufactured features with the natural landscape.
After two years, Flynn’s redesigned Naval Academy course debuted in 1944. The finished course included eleven holes south of Greenbury Point Road and seven holes north of the main road, and incorporated the rolling terrain of inlets and surrounding tidal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay, along with views of the Bay Bridge in the distance.
Further expansion of the radio facility eliminated two of the holes south of the road and two holes, the present numbers 13 and 14 were added. This completed the layout that exists today with the front nine south of the road and the back nine north of the road. Flynn’s design emphasized his strategy of “preferred line of play” in which the golfer is encouraged to place his shot with thought for advantage on the subsequent shot.
A chipping and putting facility was introduced between the driving range and back nine holes. The ability to fine-tune technical short game skills offers a new dimension to the member experience at Navy Golf. Just across from the chipping and putting facility, stands the new Gurneé Sports Performance Center, which features a series of enclosed hitting bays will allow for year-round practice. State-of-the-art video equipment and swing analysis technology will provide Navy golfers with a competitive edge with their training.
The Gurneé Performance Center was made possible by the innovative thinking and extreme generosity of Ted and Michelle Gurneé. Ted was a USNA Alumni, class of ‘61, and former squash and golf student-athlete. His Navy Golf teammate and close friend, Mike Moynahan ‘61, worked with Ted to design the Performance Center. The first hitting bay is dedicated to him. The short game area was provided through the generous donations of Ron Council and David Dorton ‘90.
Beginning in 2018, and over the next several years, NAGA will commit to the renovation of Greenbury Point. We will begin the restoration of William Flynn's vision with a bunker refurbishment as Phase III and IV of our capital project. In Phase V, we will create a complete set of greens, restoring missing green space and providing sustainable surfaces for the future. We will protect the investment in new turf with an updated irrigation system in Phase VI, and enhance playability with new fairway turf in Phase VII. This lengthy and comprehensive undertaking represents the next chapter in the legacy of Navy Golf.
Managed by the Naval Academy Golf Association, the Naval Academy Golf Course is an 18-hole university course. It is the home course of the Brigade of Midshipmen, Naval Academy golf teams, active and retired military, USNA faculty and staff, and civilian members.
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A challenging hole that requires an accurate drive across the pond and a precise second that plays two or three clubs longer up the long, steep hill to a severely pitched putting green. The spring prevailing wind is in your face the entire way.
Tempting to try and drive for the college players but the optimal second shot is from about 90 yards to a turtle back putting green.
A reachable par five for the long hitters, a lay-up to just short of the large fairway bunker at 90 yards out for the rest. Whatever shot to the putting green you have must be spot on.
The putting green is small, so its center is the best target to avoid bunkers front right and left. A lateral water hazard well right awaits a stray shot.
Room off the tee but the uphill second to a shallow, sloping, split-level putting green is hard to measure, especially when the wind blows down the hill.
Easiest hole on the front nine where a well placed drive will leave a short second to the flattest putting green on the golf course.
Cross the water to a narrow, saddle back putting green with deep bunkers on both sides.
The first of six par fours in a row, from the back tee this one is a beast with the approach guarded by an extremely long, deep bunker known as the 'Pit of Death' to a putting green that is sloped more than it appears.
Out of bounds down the entire left side on this long par four can get into your head. Requires a long second into a well bunkered, two-tier putting green which is very difficult to read.
Closest hole to a true dog-leg at Navy, the tenth bends left, requiring a well placed tee shot, preferably up the left side, followed by a second that better not come up short.
The tee shot is guarded by large trees left and an out of bounds fence running all the way up the right side, just yards from the fairway. A blind second to a very narrow putting green with steep drop-offs on both sides and behind requires your attention.
From an elevated teeing ground to the valley below, this is the most open tee shot on the back nine, with a short iron second to an elevated putting green.
Trees left and right, thirteen bends slightly left, requiring a straight drive to set up a routine second with a mid to short iron to a very long putting green with bunkers right and left.
Plays like a par four for the longest hitters but trouble lurks with out of bounds down the entire right side and an uphill second to the largest putting green on the golf course, guarded by bunkers front and right and a very steep drop-off left. Looks can be deceiving as the putting green is faster from back to front than you may think.
Straight away from an elevated tee to a narrow fairway guarded by a long bunker and out of bounds right and trees left. The second shot may be the toughest on the golf course as the putting green is severely sloped and guarded at the front by an extremely deep bunker.
Off the tee hit the club that will leave you a second from 125 to 100 yards out, to one of the smallest putting greens on the golf course, well guarded by bunkers front and left.
A short hole from an elevated tee to a severely sloped and shallow putting green, perched on top of a knob, surrounded by very steep drop-offs on every side. Club selection can be a guessing game when the wind blows.
This is a tough finishing hole, with trees and out of bounds down the right and trees and a sharp drop-off left. The second can be a short to long iron to a narrow green protected by deep bunkers right and left, and often played into a strong right to left crosswind.