Blythefield Country Club Belmont, MI
- Honoree of the ASGCA Design Excellence Recognition Program (2020)
Blythefield Country Club, host of the Meijer LPGA Classic since 2014, agreed that they needed a master plan and hired Chris Wilczynski in 2017 as the lead architect to develop a plan to restore and enhance the original Langford & Moreau course. Soon after the plan was approved and with funding secured, the board agreed to a comprehensive 18-hole renovation which commenced in July 2020 and concluded late fall (2020) – just in time for the 2021 LPGA tournament.
The goal of the renovation was to honor the design intent of Langford and Moreau, while enhancing the facility for golfers today. These major refinements have undoubtedly elevated the championship golf course giving Blythefield Country Club an opportunity to be regarded as one of the best private golf clubs in the Midwest.
- Bolder bunkers positioned at strategic angles to the intended line of play, rebuilding every tee, expanding greens to their original dimensions and realigning fairways to improve visual interest.
- All bunkers have been reconstructed with the Better Billy Bunker Liner to address the problematic, rocky soil.
- An internal drainage system has also been added to the greens to create superior playing conditions.
- New state-of-the-art short-game practice facility.
- Doubling in size of the practice green that also serves as an 18-hole putting course.
- Removal of 500+ trees to widen the playing corridors, enhance the beauty of the property and restore the original design intent.