Beginning in July, the Clayton, N.C., club worked to replace its Bentgrass with hot-season-strand Bermuda grass on all 18 greens. Temporary greens were installed before the renovation began, so golfers could continue to play at reduced rates.
After two months of play on temporary greens, Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton, N.C., will reveal 18 new greens on Aug. 25, Raleigh Golf Examiner reported.
Pine Hollow closed briefly in July and reopened with the temporary greens to work on replacing its Bentgrass greens with Ultra Dwarf MiniVerde Bermuda grass. The temporary greens had a 6-inch cup instead of the standard 4-inch cup and the club reduced its rates during the renovation, Raleigh Golf Examiner reported.
“Bentgrass has been the king of putting surfaces for many years. However, in the Carolinas with the intense heat, Bentgrass – a cool season grass – will simply not survive,” the club said in an announcement. “The long range forecast of hotter than normal summers makes this decision to go to the MiniVerde Bermuda (a hot season strand) much easier.”
In Raleigh, the average high temperature in July is about 90 degrees and this year’s average high for the month was 94.7 degrees, Raleigh Golf Examiner reported.
Pine Hollow’s par-71 course measures 6,333 yards from the back tees and was designed by Maurice Brackett/Bob Moore in 1968.
Pine Hollow is offering online subscribers a special discount for those returning to the course this weekend, Raleigh Golf Examiner reported.