Pinehurst to convert No. 2 greens


Pinehurst to convert No. 2 greens
Sean Dudley

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in North Carolina will convert the greens on Course No. 2, which will host the 2014 US Open and US Women’s Open in consecutive weeks, to ultradwarf bermuda grass in July of next year.

2012 saw the conversion of course No. 1, and this year will also see the conversion of courses No. 8 and No. 3.

Ultradwarf bermuda grass greens are installed with sprigging rather than seeding and thrive in the heat. The new turf will be planted using the ‘no-till’ method and no green excavation or contour alteration will be necessary.

“We’re always looking to enhance the Pinehurst golf experience, and these conversions will allow our members and guests to experience championship conditions for even longer portions of the year, and regardless of weather,” said Pinehurst president Don Padgett II.

The decision to convert these courses to ultradwarf bermuda was made following successful installations on the new putting course at Pinehurst, named Thistle Dhu, as well as the greens on course No. 1.

“Bermudagrass has improved significantly over the last several years with the development of the ultradwarf varieties and establishment of best maintenance practices. They have become a great option for the North Carolina climate,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst director of grounds and golf course maintenance. “Our members and guests have been thrilled with the results on No. 1 and Thistle Dhu, as we’ve been able to sustain firm greens with a smooth, fast and consistent roll. We’re excited to be able to maintain those conditions on three more courses.”