The South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - No. 3
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The South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - No. 3
The South Course at Torrey Pines was renovated prior to its inclusion in the U.S. Open rota in 2008. Rees Jones significantly lengthened and toughened the course, which was eventually won by Tiger Woods in dramatic, playoff fashion. It is currently being further renovated in 2019 prior to its next staging in 2021. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 15
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The North at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego - hole 15
As for the North Course, the mandate was different: Tom Weiskopf renovated the course in 2015 to be more player friendly, but it can still accommodate the first two rounds of the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Classic. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Stevens Park - no. 9
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Stevens Park - no. 9
The design team at Colligan Golf has renovated many of the DFW munis, including Dallas' historic Stevens Park. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Rockwood Park - no. 3
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Rockwood Park - no. 3
Colligan Golf also renovated Fort Worth's Rockwood Park Golf Course. Pictured is the 3rd hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
South Course at Bayou Oaks at City Park - No. 17
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South Course at Bayou Oaks at City Park - No. 17
Rees Jones totally rebuilt a new layout following Hurricane Katrina at New Orleans's South Course at Bayou Oaks in City Park. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Baylands Golf Links - view
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Baylands Golf Links - view
In California, the City of Palo Alto totally rebuilt Baylands Golf Course in 2018. Architect Forest Richardson built a links-inspired layout. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bobby Jones GC
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Bobby Jones GC
Atlanta's Bobby Jones Golf Course was reduced from 18 holes to 9 reversible holes but also includes a new academy and much more. Bobby Jones Golf Course
Keney Park hole 12
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Keney Park hole 12
The City of Hartford spent three years and $6 million renovating historic Keney Park. Matt Dusenbury brought the 1930s Devereux Emmet design back to life. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
Corica Park - South: #6
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Corica Park - South: #6
In the Bay Area, the South Course at Chuck Corica Park was totally rebuilt by Rees Jones and reopened in 2018. Corica Park
Winter Park 9 - walkers
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Winter Park 9 - walkers
Florida's Winter Park Golf Course renovation was done extremely economically and has led to the course making a profit for the city. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Goat Hill Park
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Goat Hill Park
Locals led by John Ashworth helped rescue and revamp Oceanside's Goat Hill Park from development. Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor
Rockwind Community Links - Championship: #18
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Rockwind Community Links - Championship: #18
Formerly Ocotillo Park Golf Course, New Mexico's Rockwind Community Links, designed by Andy Staples and reopened in 2015, incorporates many community elements into the design like walking trails. Rockwind Community Links
Bacon Park hole 17
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Bacon Park hole 17
The city of Savannah's Bacon Park Golf Course is a 100-year-old Donald Ross design that has been restored since 2014. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
Jeffersonville Golf - No, 13
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Jeffersonville Golf Club - No. 13
In metro Philadelphia, Jeffersonville Golf Club has been restoring its historic Donald Ross design. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
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George Wright Par 3 17th.jpeg
The par-3 17th hole at George Wright Golf Course, being renovated under the eye of architect Mark Mungeam. Bradley S. Klein/Golf Advisor
Wilmington Municipal Short Course - no. 1
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Wilmington Municipal Short Course - no. 1
The new Short Course at Wilmington (North Carolina) Municipal was designed for the First Tee of Greater Wilmington. Courtesy of Wilmington Municipal
Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio - No. 12
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Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio - No. 12
Brackenridge Park Golf Course, designed by A.W. Tillinghast, received an extensive renovation in the early 2000s and is also now home to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Texas Rangers no. 17
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Texas Rangers no. 17
Formerly the Chester W. Ditto muni, Arlington totally rebuilt and rebranded the course Texas Rangers Golf Club, which opened in 2019. It is another Texas municipal renovated by Colligan Golf Design. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Gus Wortham Golf Course
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Gus Wortham Golf Course
The Houston Golf Association assumed operations from the city at historic Gus Wortham Golf Course in Houston and performed an extensive renovation that wrapped up following 2018's Hurricane Harvey. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Fort Myers Country Club hole 8
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Fort Myers Country Club hole 8
Florida's Fort Myers has a Donald Ross gem that was renovated thoroughly in 2014 by Steve Smyers. Tim Gavrich/Golf Advisor
TPC Harding Park golf course - hole 10
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TPC Harding Park golf course - hole 10
Not long after Bethpage Black held the U.S. Open, San Francisco's TPC Harding Park was extensively renovated prior to hosting a WGC event and later a Presidents Cup. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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North Carolina's Mooresville Golf Club received an extensive renovaiton to its Donald Ross design in 2015. Local Golf Advisor ccharles/Golf Advisor
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In Minnesota, Ramsey County reopened Keller Golf Course in 2014 following an extensive renovation. Courtesy of Ramsey County

Roundup: Notable municipal golf courses renovated, restored or totally rebuilt since 2000

The 21st century has seen an influx of municipal golf investment across the country

In the post-recession U.S. economy, municipalities coast-to-coast appear to be going two ways with their golf courses: invest in a big way or let them wither on the vine and in many cases close entirely.

Many have chosen the former and invested both money and political capital into these facilities, some of which date back 100 years. We've compiled a sampling of the most notable renovations and total redesign and rebuild jobs since Bethpage Black entered the U.S. Open rotation in 2002 and helped spark a trend in revamping aging city golf courses.

Prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, Matt Ginella asked his Twitter followers about munis near them that have received extensive T.L.C. for the better. Has a muni been updated for the better near your home? Let us know where in the comments below!

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