Pinehurst No. 2 will be in the center of the golfing universe one year from now. But two of the resort's other golf courses are on the radar this year.
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club announced today that it is converting greens on Pinehurst No. 8 and then Pinehurst No. 3 to Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass from bentgrass in 2013, and that process has begun. Famed Pinehurst No. 2 also will be converted, in July 2014. That will occur one month after Pinehurst No. 2 plays host to the men and women U.S. Opens in back-to-back weeks. A year ago, Pinehurst began the project by converting greens on Pinehurst No. 1.
"They (ultradwarf bermudagass greens) have become a great option for the North Carolina climate," says Bob Farren, CGCS, Pinehurst's director of golf courses and grounds management. The turf is being planted using the no-till process, meaning it won't require excavation of the greens or any changes to the contours.
Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass has become trendy in the Southeast. Atlanta Athletic Club, site of the 2011 PGA Championship, converted to it before that big event.
Pinehurst No. 8 currently is closed for the renovations, and is set to re-open July 24. Pinehurst No. 3 is closing Aug. 4, and the plan is to re-open Oct. 4.