Belle Terre to reopen with new Sunday bermuda greens


Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The Belle Terre Country Club in LaPlace, US, is set to reopen following the conversion of the course’s greens to bermudagrass.

The greens were stripped in July and bermuda sprigs were planted on 8 August at the course in Louisiana.

Originally designed by Pete Dye, Belle Terre suffered some damage during Hurricane Isaac, losing hundreds of trees and being forced to close for a month last year.

120 trees stumps were removed in addition to the work carried out on the greens as part of the current project.

Matt Goldsmith, Belle Terre’s director of golf, told The Times Picayune: “Everything we’ve tried to do has pretty much been on pace. Sunday bermuda has been around for a while. I know a lot of different people are looking at it. They’ll roll true and will hold up well in our weather.”

Belle Terre plays 6,850 yards and water features on ten of the eighteen holes.

“It’s an older country club-type course, a typical Pete Dye design,” added Goldsmith. “It has a lot of water features that come into play. They’re placed where they affect shots. It seems longer than 6,850 yards because it is very much about shot making. It kind of brings every different shot into play.”