In the summer of 2017, Hasentree Country Club went from Bentgrass to Champion Bermuda. Other courses in the Raleigh-Durham area did the same thing. Chapel Hill Country Club, North Ridge Country Club and a handful of others were down for the summer because of a green renovation. Unfortunately, the Triangle was hit with one of the harshest winters in recent history and now courses are left wondering what to do if the Champion Bermuda greens do not come out of dormancy.
When you visit any private country club in America, the membership director will likely tell you the membership roster is littered with dentists, orthodontists and other healthcare professionals. Why is this the case?
Well, it is very easy to understand as most dentists and orthodontists only work four days a week. Some of the most successful dentists and orthodontics offices are open on Friday but these are limited hours and the main doctors are not in the office. This is not to say they don’t work on Friday, but they are not in the office.
If you are fortunate enough to play Hamilton Farms in Gladstone, New Jersey you will see bentgrass from tee to green. The fairways are bent and the greens are bent. I will be playing it this weekend so I will give you feedback on the course condition and how the greens are rolling. I have heard amazing things. Please comment below if you have played the course recently and have an opinion or review.
If you plan on playing Bright’s Creek in Mill Spring, North Carolina you are going to play bentgrass greens. The course is amazing and the greens were in fantastic shape in late 2016. If you played the course recently, please comment below with the course condition.
Well, it didn’t take former President Barack Obama long to join a private country club close to Washington, DC. He has joined the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. We have tried to find out the initiation fee but have been unable to come up with a number. Our guess would be around $125k to $175k. The annual dues are around $14,000 to $15,000 a year from our research.
From the overhead photo, it looks like a gorgeous course.
If you are a fan of golf you know all about Pinehurst. The first true golf village, where Payne Stewart won the US Open before passing away in a plane crash and the home to dozens of amazing golf courses. Every single year, millions of people book trips to Pinehurst with the intention of getting the best bang for their buck while eventually getting to play the crown jewel, Pinehurst #2.
This is a question I am going to answer time and again as I now know the importance of greens. Every time someone asks me if I want to play at a private country club my first question is always, “what type of greens do they have?” Today, I played the North Ridge Oaks course and can confirm they have bentgrass greens. I was told one of the courses, the Oaks or the Lakes, will go to Champion Bermuda next year but I cannot remember which course is converting.
Augusta National has bentgrass greens and they are some of the best in the world. In fact, they are the best in the world.
The PGA Tour stop right before The Masters is the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. Some feel as if this a great way to prepare for Augusta but I totally disagree. I have played Houston, Texas bermudagrass greens and I can promise you they are nothing like the bentgrass we have have in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
If you are ever in Kingwood, Texas and have the opportunity to play any of the courses, play the March Course. This is my favorite of all the courses and is much easier than the Island Course. Some feel as if the Lake Course is the easiest, but the Marsh play amazing today. Even after rain the previous day and in the morning the course played firm and fast.
If you get the chance to play Dataw Island you must play the Morgan River Course. The front nine eases you in with the first four or five holes being relatively easy. Hold on through the end though as the two par 3’s back to back are quite the challenge. Here are my favorite two holes on the course:
This hole is absolutely gorgeous. I think it is the 15th: