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February 26th, 2019

7th green new position prohibits further threat of migrating sand dunes at Central Oregon favorite

FLORENCE, Ore. – Scottsdale-based Casa Verde Golf recently completed a relocation of the green on the Par-5 7th hole at Florence Golf Links, located on the Central Oregon coast. The existing green location was exposed to adjacent sand dunes which have encroached significantly over the years and created reoccurring maintenance demands beyond standard practices in order to keep at bay while also still providing optimal playing conditions.

"After years of battling to maintain the playability of the last 100 yards of hole 7, we decided to relocate the green to an area that would not be in the path of the actively moving dune," said Eli McGallian, Golf Course Superintendent of Florence Golf Links. "In other words, we fought the dune, and the dune won. Casa Verde Golf was instrumental in the design and completion of the new green complex."

"This was a ‘must-do’ situation for the Club," said Jeff Schwinkendorf, Vice President of Casa Verde Golf.  “Luckily, an option existed which allowed us to alter the hole minimally, with little-to-no impact to strategy and general aesthetics."

The decision was made amongst Ownership and OB Sports Golf Management, that the best step to avoid future concern was to bring the green approximately 100 yards closer to the tees where a portion of the fairway is protected by an existing tree line along the northern border, providing a buffer between the new green location and the looming sand dunes to the north.

The scope of work included the clearing and disposal of turf throughout the half-acre swath of area in which the new green is located, complete reshaping of its expanse, performing requisite irrigation modifications, finish work, seedbed prep and eventually sodding in its entirety.

“The project was done on time and under budget,” said Rick Reed, General Manager of Florence Golf Links. “Jeff and his staff did an outstanding job.  We can’t wait to begin using this new green in the spring of 2019!”

For more information on Casa Verde Golf, visit, or call (480) 400-1196.

About Casa Verde Golf
Casa Verde Golf is a licensed, bonded and insured firm focused on golf course construction and renovation projects of all sizes and scope. With an unwavering drive of providing the finest workmanship throughout all endeavors, Casa Verde Golf is focused on delivering the highest level of service in the golf construction industry. With a proven track record, Casa Verde Golf’s recent work includes numerous projects spanning the country with a concentration in the southwest region. Visit to get more information, or call (480) 400-1196. You can also follow Casa Verde Golf on Twitter at @CasaVerdeGolf.

About Florence Golf Links
Located among the wind-swept sand dunes and towering pines of the Oregon coast, Florence Golf Links offers 18 holes of Rees Jones-designed, links-style golf measuring 7,190 yards from the Tournament Tees.  The outward nine is reminiscent of golf commonly found on the Monterey Peninsula or the woods of the Carolinas, while the inward nine provides more of a traditional links-style challenge.  The 9,000-square-foot Florence Golf Links Clubhouse is open to the public and serves as the centerpiece of a 250-acre planned community with more than 650 residential units to be developed. For more information, visit or call (541) 997-1940.

About OB Sports
Florence Golf Links is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. OB Sports currently manages around 65 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, while expanding its international footprint to include Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, and Dumbarnie Golf Links in Fife, Scotland. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. Named a Top 100 Business in Golf by the National Golf Foundation in 2018, visit to get more information, or call (480) 948-1300. Become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.


Jeff Schwinkendorf | (480) 400-1196