The Neighborhood at Colonial Country Club: Moving Forward

As you walk the grounds of the Colonial Country Club you are surrounded by a landscape that has witnessed some of the most historic moments in the game of golf. The club is a staple in the Memphis/Cordova area that once stood as a former championship course, a stop on the PGA tour, the home of Gerald Ford’s famous hole-in-one, and Al Geiberger’s PGA record 18-hole low score of 59 (still to be surpassed). The Colonial Country Club is an integral, historic part of the social fabric of the Memphis area and upon announcing the closure of the north course a hole was quite literally formed in the middle of the residential community surrounding the club.

Proposed Master Plan for The Neighborhood at Colonial Country Club, by DTdesign|studio.

The Neighborhood at Colonial Country Club is a contemporary, infill development solution to a problem that many other places have failed to recognize. At first glance, one may view the closing of the north-course as a constraint, yet another abandoned golf course blighting the core of a residential neighborhood… but here at DT design|studio we see an opportunity. The idea behind The Neighborhood at Colonial Country Club is to enhance the connectivity and diversity of the Memphis/Cordova area with distinguished planning and design that caters to the residents of the neighborhood and the surrounding area as a whole.

The design is comprised of four diverse and well connected areas with different functions and amenities. The Neighborhood Edge and guest cabins line the western entrance of the neighborhood with a well-designed landscape and buildings that address the street creating a sense of scale fit for a pedestrian as opposed to an automobile. After you pass the Village Edge you are now officially in the Neighborhood Core modeled under the principles of traditional neighborhood design. Rear access service lanes allow a wide array of housing options to more closely address the street while keeping traffic levels low and creating the opportunity for roadside pedestrian amenities such as urban greenways and linear parks. The neighborhood offers a natural hierarchy of intensity and land use that ties in to the surrounding context and creates the feel of a traditional neighborhood core. The pedestrian oriented design of the neighborhood, centered around the amenities and historic presence of the Colonial Country Club, creates a first class pedestrian experience for residents and an anchor in the urban fabric of the City of Memphis.

The Neighborhood at Colonial Country Club, the largest proposed residential development within the City of Memphis in years, is currently in the city and public approval stages of the planning process and we are optimistic about the positive economic and social impact it will contribute to the Memphis/Cordova area.