The Bayonne Golf Club (New Jersey): A Case Study for Building a World-Class Golf Course on a Land Fill in New Jersey.
The talk focused on an interesting site on the Hudson that is built on fill dreged from the Hudson and on an old municipal landfill. The Bayonne Golf Club was developed, designed and constructed by Eric Bergstol. As often happens, the project has a lengthy history on paper, and this one also has a lengthy history in the reclamation of the site.
1996 - negotiations for ownership
2004 - shaping
2005 - seeding
2006 - open
2008 - clubhouse opens
This project had to address countless legal and policy issues, which required a large team ranging from attorneys to plants folks (like Stephen Kristoff) to wetlands experts (like Princeton Hydro) to landscape architects (like Margie Ruddick). Even when the site passed health standards, conditions (like Ph) were still insufficient for the growing conditions that Hurley sought. 3.5 million cubic yards of topsoil had to be brought in to cap the site. 80,000 yards of sand were brought in for fairways and tees. Kristoff brought in over 50,000 plants, many of which needed to be salt tolerant.