Pinehurst Resort & Country Club has re-opened its legendary Pinehurst No. 2 golf course following a conversion of its greens from bent grass to Ultradwarf Bermudagrass.
Pinehurst No. 2 – the master work of famed architect Donald Ross - is the fourth of Pinehurst’s nine courses to have the heat-tolerant Bermudagrass installed on its greens. Pinehurst No. 1 was successfully converted to Bermuda in 2012 and Pinehurst No. 3 and No. 8 each were converted in 2013. In addition, Thistle Dhu, the popular new putting course installed in 2013 features Ultradwarf Bermudagrass.
“Golfers have truly embraced the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, and the greens conversion will allow our members and guests to experience and enjoy peak conditions for even longer portions of the year, regardless of weather,” said Pinehurst President Don Padgett II.
Pinehurst installed Champion Ultradwarf Bermudagrass this past June 30, following the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships. This strain of Berrmuda has been used with success throughout the southeast and on more than 500 courses across 16 states. The strain maintains high density during extreme temperatures and at low mowing heights, delivering smooth, consistent putting surfaces throughout the year.
Turf was planted using the “no-till” process and did not require excavation of the greens nor any changes in the contours. Because Ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens are installed with sprigging rather than seeding and thrive in the heat, No. 2 was able to open in just two months.
“Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass is a great option for the North Carolina climate,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance. “We’ve already seen great results on our other courses in terms of sustaining firm greens with a smooth, fast and consistent roll, and can’t wait for members and guests to have the same experience on Pinehurst No. 2.”
Located in the sand hills of North Carolina, Pinehurst No. 2 is among several major tournament sites to convert to Bermuda. Among them, Atlanta Athletic Club converted prior to the 2011 PGA Championship, Tour Championship site East Lake Golf Club converted in 2008, and Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte will convert prior to the 2017 PGA Championship.