PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Regulars at Bay Point Golf Club are in taking a seasonal hiatus from playing the Nicklaus Course, but the sights and sounds Friday afternoon indicate it'll be worth the wait.
The course has been closed since June 25th to install TifEagle greens.
TifEagle is a generation of Bermuda grass becoming popular at many southeast courses, including TPC Sawgrass, Doral, and East Lake.
Now that the sod has been removed, new sand has been introduced and the greens are being compacted. Next week, they'll be shaped to the original specifications and begin the sprigging process.
The green overhaul is a half-million dollar investment that should pay for itself with easier upkeep.
"TifEagle is the best Bermuda grass surface you can have on a green in our area," Bay Point general manager Ryan Mulvey said. "It can hold up to the heat. It can hold up to the cold. It can hold up to a lot of traffic. We do a lot of rounds of golf out here on the Nicklaus Course, and it's going to provide a championship putting surface that's going to be fast and firm from January 1st to the end of the year, versus our prior surface which was a little more inconsistent."
While the course is closed for three months, Bay Point is spending time and money to revamp more than just the greens.
"We did some root pruning last week," Mulvey said. "We verticut the fairways, which we haven't done in several years. We're going to be working on some new sand in our bunkers, so we're taking advantage of the course being closed as well to do a lot more upgrades. When we reopen in October, it's going to be a really premier product."
The re-opening date has not been announced. In the meantime, the Meadows Course is open as scheduled.