Southern golf courses that switch grass types in order to become heat tolerant has become a trend. At one golf course in North Carolina, they have decided to make the change only a few months before a PGA Tour event.
Is that enough time to get the job done?
GCSAA Class A superintendent Keith Wood, who oversees Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., welcomes the challenge. The PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship will be played starting Aug. 16 at Sedgefield CC. On May 14, which is about three months before the opening round of the tournament, the task of replacing bentgrass greens with Bermuda grass begins with prep work and fumigation.
Although there appears to be a small window to complete the project, Wood doesn't necessarily view it that way.
"I don't think any renovation is a walk in the park, but the timing of the project has most certainly put us in a position to succeed," Wood, a 15-year member of the association, tells GCM. "The biggest challenge we face with this conversion is the fact that we open to a PGA Tour stop. No room for error."