PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL A big change is happening at one of the area's resort golf courses.
The Nicklaus course at Bay Point has begun the process of turning over their greens from one grass to another. And that, Ryan Mulvey tells us, is a big deal indeed!
"Yeah we're really, really excited. We're converting our Nicklaus greens from a Tifdwarf Bermuda grass, to the new Tifeagle, Ultradwarf eagle Bermuda grass. And we're already in the process, as you can see, we've stripped some sod and sprayed some stuff already. The big construction will start within the next couple of weeks. But it's going to be game changing here for the property. I've always felt we have one of the best golf courses in the market. And that's with an ok green. And now we're taking what I think is the best
Ryan says they've started the process of killing the grass on the greens, still the course will stay open another week and a half.
And it will be closed for the reconstruction of the greens until October. All well worth the effort, time and expense, he says!
"It's going to put the Nicklaus Course, it's always one of the top courses in our area, but now it's going to be in the conversation with some of those big time courses. Like TPC Sawgrass, they have the same type of greens. Isleworth, La Gorce down in Miami, Doral just converted to Tifeagle greens. Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, all the top courses have Tifeagle greens in the southeast, and we're excited that we're working towards becoming one of those golf courses."
Ryan tells us this is about a $500,000 investment in the course. That investment though, Mulvey believes will pay off in a variety of ways. For instance, less maintenance and a more consistent set of greens for golfers.
"So what makes Tifeagle so great is we have a fast, firm playing surface from January 1st to December 31st, year round. You don't have to aerate it nearly as much, don't have to over seed it. It's just going to provide a really fast firm, awesome playing surface here at the Nicklaus year round. Tifeagle just really opens up the door for us to really bring a five star golf product to our guests and members."
The course will close after play on the 24th, crews will begin tearing up the greens on the 25th. And it is expected the greens will be playable come October.