Bay Hill Club & Lodge will undergo a comprehensive re-grassing project on the putting surfaces of its Championship Course after the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Acknowledging that a 2009 upgrade of the greens did not meet an anticipated level of excellence, the installation of TifEagle Bermuda grass is consistent with several other upgrades that have occurred at the club in the last year. The decision was made after the club found that portions of some greens on the Championship Course were not 100 percent healthy after a harsh winter. Tournament officials of the Arnold Palmer Invitational anticipated that though some areas are aesthetically weak, the greens would be in tournament shape and would not have an adverse effect on playability or scoring.
“We always strive to have the very best playing conditions, not only for the tournament, but also for our members and guests,” said Roy Saunders, vice president of Bay Hill Club. “By taking this step, the club is positioning itself to better achieve its overall objective of offering superior conditions throughout the year.”
The re-grassing process to be undertaken is called the “no-till method,” which will ensure that all of the topographical features and contours will be preserved. The project will commence in May and should be completed by early August.
Chris Flynn, the Director of Grounds for Bay Hill Club’s 27 holes, will be working closely this week with Bland Cooper, Competitions Agronomist for the PGA TOUR, to ensure that the greens remain in the best possible condition during the 37th edition of the prestigious invitational tournament hosted by Arnold Palmer.
An upgrade of the greens is just the latest improvement to the Palmer-designed Championship Course. Other recent updates to the Palmer-designed Championship Course include the infusion of new “G-Angle” bunker sand spread over Bay Hill’s 84 bunkers, the availability of five more acres of fairway, expanded approach and bailout areas around the greens, and aggressive tree-trimming to improve the visual presentation of the course.