Hunter’s Ridge Golf Club Development
Members of the Hunter’s Ridge Development Company envisioned a premier-level 18-hole golf course on 400 rolling acres just north of Marion, Iowa. They pictured a spectacular clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming pool. Winding through the course, they imagined an impressive residential housing development featuring upscale homes and townhouse units. After four years of planning, design and construction, the Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course opened to the public and today more than 340 housing units are completed or under construction in the residential development.
Our Role: Ament provided the total framework for the realization of Hunters Ridge. Staff performed the PUD planning; and the boundary, topographic and preliminary surveys. We also assisted with initial planning and permitting for the course’s irrigation wells. Our engineering team planned the residential roadway alignments, platted the lots and designed the sewer and water utilities for Phase I of the residential development, which encompasses the southern half of the course. We also developed preliminary utility plans for the remainder of the course so that primary water and sewer lines could be installed. As a result, the course itself need not be disturbed when the northern section is opened to residential development in the future. Ament engineers also designed a landscaped public parking area near the current clubhouse on which construction was recently completed.
Aesthetic Values: The rolling terrain of the golf course, the water features, and the gentle curves of the streets create a restful and pleasant environment for the residents of the area. Wide boulevards with landscaped medians highlight the primary entrances. The predominance of walk-out lots creates the impression that homes are “nestled” into the course, and every technical effort was made to maximize the scenic view from each lot. Those who utilize only the golf course will also benefit from the natural aesthetic features that have been both preserved and created in the development of the project.
Wetland Challenge: A majority of the undeveloped site had been utilized as tilled farmland, and it supported a wetland area adjacent to Indian Creek. Ament staff worked closely with Lohmann Design and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in developing the wetland mitigation plan.
Project Single and Multifamily Residential Development
Size 400 acres, 340 lots
Services Surveying, Civil Design, Project Management, Construction Surveys
-18-hole golf course
-Preliminary utility plans
Course designed by Lohmann Design, nationally recognized golf course architect. Ament worked closely with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in developing wetland mitigation plan.