The Dan Maples-designed Blue Heron course at Ford's Colony CC in Virginia has reopened after a nine week shutdown to convert its greens to Champion ultradwarf bermuda.
The new-look greens – the first in the Williamsburg area to be switched to Champion – were revealed to members at an opening event on 15 August. Ford Colony believes it is among the most northerly courses in the US to move to bermuda, which the club reckons will help maintain high density during extreme temperatures and at low mowing heights, delivering consistent putting surfaces throughout the year.
Ford's Colony has seen a number of upgrades since new owners took over earlier this year. Along with the new greens on the Blue Heron course, the club has also renovated all the bunkers on the Marsh Hawk course and added additional forward tees. The clubhouse interior is being redecorated and a new eco-friendly wash station is being installed in the maintenance department. “It is an exciting time at Ford's Colony,” said head professional Chris Haas.