Bob Gillespie



Summer’s end: Grande Dunes Resort Club open again with new Champion greens

Posted 10/15/2012 1:03:00 PM

It meant most of a summer without golf, but the Grande Dunes Resort Club has reopened after spending three months resurfacing its greens with smooth, heat-resistant Champion Bermuda. The result should mean better year-round conditions for the Roger Rulewich design.

The course previously had L-93 bentgrass greens, which produced good conditions but were subject to heat stress and “burnouts” during Myrtle Beach’s hotter months. Since reopening Oct. 1, reviews of the new putting surfaces have been strong from both vacationing players and members.

Champion Bermuda is one of several newer hybrid strains that combine the speed and smoothness of bent with the durability of Southern grasses. Max Morgan, director of agronomy for National Golf Management, the club’s owners, praised his staff for “a successful project that has yielded high-quality, year-round putting surfaces at one of our flagship courses.”

Grande Dunes Resort Club has been ranked among the state’s top 20 public-access/resort courses by an assortment of national golf magazines since its opening. For information and/or tee times, call (843) 449-7070 or go click here.