More changes are in the works at Pinehurst Resort.
Pinehurst No. 1 is in the process of converting its greens to heat-resistant bermudagrass, the club announced today. Pinehurst is replacing Penn G-2 bentgrass greens with MiniVerde Ultra Dwarf, a strain of grass that has grown popular among golf courses in the Southeast, where summer heat takes its toll.
The project began in July and is expected to be completed in September. Last year, major renovations were completed at Pinehurst No. 2, site of back-to-back U.S. men and women Opens in 2014.
"Our golfers are going to experience a rich green, plush texture and a smoother, speedier roll through the year," says Bob Farren, CGCS, 32-year GCSAA member and director of grounds and golf course maintenance for Pinehurst.
Also, the new par-3 No. 9 is under construction, and it will measure from 109 to 148 yards. The old par-3 18th is being eliminated, meaning the former No. 17, a short par-5, now becomes the closing hole.