Pinehurst No. 2 has new putting greens.
Shortly after the conclusion of the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in June, Pinehurst No. 2 closed in July to have its greens regrassed with Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass. Pinehurst officials say the greens renovation marks the latest step in an evolution to extend peak conditions throughout the year and particularly during the heat of summer.
Pinehurst No. 2 is the fourth of Pinehurst’s nine courses to have the heat-tolerant bermudagrass installed on its greens. Pinehurst No. 1 was converted to Bermuda in 2012 and Pinehurst No. 3 and No. 8 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.
According to Pinehurst, Champion 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.”
Pinehurst No. 2 is among several major tournament sites to convert to ultradwarf bermudagrass. 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.