Grand reopening at redone Treyburn


Sean Dudley

Following an almost year-long renovation, Treyburn Country Club in North Carolina is hosting a grand reopening gala on 31 March to celebrate the refurbishment of its Tom Fazio-designed golf course and the opening of its expanded practice facility.

Work on the Treyburn renovation began in June 2011. The first and most vital aspect of the project was to replace the decades-old, Penncross bent grass greens with a newer, more heat tolerant 96-2 bent grass, which the club expects to provide a much better putting surface during the summer months.

By reseeding the greens, specialist renovation architect Kris Spence and his team was able to rebuild each green to their original specifications, while also providing better drainage to each complex. On several greens, they were able to soften severe slopes, providing more pinnable locations. Tree removal around several greens was necessary to provide more sunlight in the morning hours and allow better airflow on the surfaces. Every bunker on the course has been given new drainage and sand, and several new bunkers were added for strategic purposes.

In addition to the new putting surfaces, bunkers, and irrigation and drainage upgrades, Treyburn's two-decade-old practice facility also received a face-lift. The top two tiers of the driving range hitting areas have been levelled and expanded by 40 per cent. The putting green has been completely redesigned with an additional 1,000 square feet of putting surface. The practice bunker has also been redesigned to allow for both green side bunker shots and long iron shots to the middle of the range. Finally, expanded chipping and pitching areas have been designed to assist all players with their short game.