Posted on September 22, 2015

Gulf Shores, Alabama - In celebration of its 20-year anniversary, Kiva Dunes Golf and Beach Resort, Alabama's only beachfront golf resort, is currently undergoing a $3.5 million enhancement. The project includes renovations to the award-winning Jerry Pate designed golf course and the addition of a new pool amenity in the Kiva Dunes subdivision overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The completion of this new and exciting renovation and enhancement project is right on target with the completion date set for early October.

The golf course renovations are aimed to improve the playability of the course for the average golfer, while maintaining the challenges and shot-values enjoyed by more experienced golfers. Houston-based Heritage Links is overseeing the renovations and enhancement project, which includes:

  • Replacing the champion turf grass on the greens with a more temperate and golfer-friendly Tiff-Eagle turf
  • Completely rebuilding and reshaping the white sand bunkers
  • Stabilizing the walls on many of the greens
  • Leveling of each tee box and rototilling the Bermuda grass fairways, a process which will dispose of the organic layering under the fairway and ensure for perfect lies and approach shots into the new greens
  • Re-vegetation of native grasses and sandy dunes found throughout the course
  • Improving the natural transitions between grasses and the indigenous beach landscape

To ensure the integrity of the new renovations, U.S. Open Winner, Jerry Pate (the original course designer), is overseeing the entire renovation process. The greens have been sprigged and the bunker contours are coming together. Jerry Pate was even spotted driving a bull dozer on the signature Par 3, 13th green. "Sometimes you just have to do it yourself when you envision in your head how you want the bunkers to roll off the green. This is such a great hole," Pate said, "Who else would I trust this with?"

When asked about the renovations, Scott Russell, Kiva Dunes' director of marketing stated, "I've been watching a one-of-a-kind golf course in Kiva Dunes be transformed into an even more unique and special gulf side experience. Heritage Links' small touches are the things that make a golf course the kind of tract that golfers seek out and include on their bucket list. Together, with Jerry Pate's vision, Kiva Dunes is transforming into the type of golf course that will make your friends jealous if they aren't with you on that first tee box."

In addition to the golf course renovation, a new 12,000-square-foot Pavilion at Kiva Beach is in development. The Pavilion will have a Classical Caribbean Vernacular design and set atop some of the highest dunes on the Gulf Coast, directly on the Gulf of Mexico. The centerpiece of The Pavilion at Kiva Beach will be a pool surrounded by a sun deck and lounging chairs. The Pavilion will include private bath houses, and a fully-staffed bar and grill offering all the food and drink essentials for a day at the beach. The Pavilion at Kiva Beach will be a private facility for members only and limited number of resort guests.

For more information and current updates on the Kiva Dunes renovation, please visit

About Kiva Dunes
Located along the Alabama Gulf Coast, Kiva Dunes Golf Resort is Alabama's only beachfront golf resort. The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, serves as the centerpiece for the golf resort and residential community. Boasting 7,092 yards from the back tees, this links style layout meanders through the native sand dunes, lakes and natural wildlife preservations. Since its inception, Kiva Dunes Golf Resort has received numerous national awards and accolades including the "Best Course in Alabama" in 2013 by Golf Digest and "Top 75 Golf Resorts" by GolfWeek. In addition to the award-winning golf course, Kiva Dunes Golf Resort has a full-service clubhouse offering fresh Gulf seafood in the Kiva Dunes Restaurant and specialty cocktails at the Tiki Hut Patio. Meeting space is available for small to mid-size groups. For fitness enthusiasts, the resort offers a fitness room equipped with cardio machines and free weights, three outdoor swimming pools, private secluded beach, a hard surface tennis court, and miles of sandy white beaches. On-site accommodations and vacation and investment homes are available in two, three and four-bedroom luxury condominiums and beach homes bordering the golf course or the Gulf of Mexico. Kiva Dunes is managed by Honours Golf, a division of Troon®.

Media Contacts:
Scott Russell
Director of Marketing, Kiva Dunes
Mark Stillings
General Manager, Kiva Dunes
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