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Antonio Reynante, Director of Golf, Quivira Golf Club Is "Making a Great Course Even Better"

January 28, 2016

A native of Veracruz, Mexico, Antonio Reynante, 36, holds the coveted job as director of golf at Quivira, the most celebrated new course in Latin America.

On the job since last spring, Antonio’s appreciation for the club’s majestic Jack Nicklaus Signature course has grown day by day. “It’s the most spectacular golf course I have ever seen” he says without qualification.  A dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist with a deep respect for the game’s history, Antonio has brought energy and expertise to Quivira. For example, Antonio helped to revise the club’s handicapping scheme to make the golf experience fairer and more equitable to players at all ability levels.

Like any living entity, golf courses, especially young courses, need constant tweaking and refinement. To that end, Antonio has drafted a report containing suggested design changes that has been accepted by the board of directors. These minor revisions, each of which mirrors the changes suggested by Jack Nicklaus during his final inspection tour of the course in December 2014, will enhance playability and improve the pace of play.

For example, Antonio, a student of strategic design, supports Mr. Nicklaus’ desire to remove the “transitional” bunkers beyond the crest of the hill at the short par 4 fifth hole. Doing so will enable a solid, well-shaped drive to roll down the hill towards the cliffhanging green. Similarly, at No. 11, an uphill par 4 where the landing area is blind from the tee, Antonio has proposed removing the central ridge of scrub and rough that divides the fairway so that players are not unduly penalized by hitting a straight drive.

“The golf course has just a few minor details that need to be fixed in order to enhance its playability,” Antonio says. “As it stands right now, it is for most golfers, from beginners to touring pros, the most beautiful and entertaining golf course in the world.”

Antonio’s additional suggestions, which again echo Nicklaus’s sentiments, involve three of the putting surfaces. At the par 3 ninth, he’d like to see milder contours in the center of the putting surface. At No. 13, the petite par 3 that ranks among the most stunning holes at Quivira, he feels the tilted left side of the green can be flattened slightly to allow for pin positions on the left. Finally, Antonio believes the two-tiered green at the par 4 14th hole can be softened to create a milder transition between the upper and lower portions of the green.

A keen observer who’s willing to listen, Antonio has welcomed opinions about the layout from members and guests alike. “We want this golf club to be on Mr. Nicklaus’s all-time favorite list, which is why no changes will be made without his consent.”

With the approval of Quivira’s board of directors, expect a great course to get even better in the months ahead.

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