Someday Frederica Golf Club will be like that, with its fables and its fabulous rounds. People will remember with awe the well-struck eagle on the final hole that won the club championship. Or the ball that fell into the lake just short of the green which cost a member his championship's two flag trophy.
But right now we are making those memories on a golf course that truly is unique. We play around a 400-acre lake that was cut-over pineland eight years ago. The ridge that runs through the spine of the course didn't exist back then. The enormous live oaks that become our distant aiming points grew to be giants in forests somewhere else.
Frederica is an engineering marvel that has become a magical golf course in a very short time. The engineering of architect Tom Fazio is legend in itself. Seven million cubic yards of sandy soil were moved to create the highest ridge in Glynn County. More than 1,100 massive lie oaks were transplanted and now tower over the dunes and ridges.
Major championship winners Davis Love III, Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker, David Toms and more play here and pronounce it splendid. National amateur champions come from afar to join and attest its charm. And the members proclaim it a stern challenge on a course unlike anything they have played.
The name Frederica comes from the nearby fort that the English and the Scottish Highlanders defended from the Spanish invaders when America still was a land of dreams. Those dreams prevailed. And now the battles at Frederica are ours, never fulfilled because golf always is about the future dreams. We celebrate our field of dreams today while we create a legacy for tomorrow.
-- Reg Murphy, Founding Member