Prestancia reopens Club Course


Sean Dudley

TPC Prestancia has reopened its Club Course following a four month closure. The golf facility is situated in Sarasota, Florida, USA and will reopen with new greens and tee positions.

Operators Heritage Golf Group closed the Club Course in June 2009 to replace the greens with Champion Bermuda turf, an ultra-dwarf grass that allows for very low cut heights. The tees have also been redesigned with an emphasis on being, what the operators call, ‘family friendly’. This is manifest primarily through providing playability options for all skill levels.

“We are looking forward to re-opening the Club Course with the same type of greens that were installed on the Stadium Course in 2007,” said Jim Poole, general manager of TPC Prestancia. “Champion Bermuda turf is considered the premier putting surface and one of the biggest benefits is that this grass does not require a winter overseed, allowing for several additional weeks of play at optimal conditions for our membership. While the course was closed for the greens renovation, we also created a set of family friendly tees on the Club Course.”

The Club Course was designed by Robert Von Hagge, with PGA Tour player Bruce Devlin as consultant. TPC Prestancia’s other course, the championship Stadium Course, was designed by Florida's own Ron Garl, with PGA Tour player Mike Souchack as consultant.