The Cuscowilla course on Lake Oconee in Georgia is reopening after a two-month closure to regrass its greens, “Golf Course Architecture” reports.
The website reports Scot Sherman, ASGCA, led the project regrassing with Champion ultradwarf bermuda. The green surrounds have also been regrassed with the Tifgrand strain, replacing 419 bermuda.
Cuscowilla was designed by Bill Coore, ASGCA and Ben Crenshaw. Sheman and Coore met on site, and Sherman has assisted on the regrassing and, as he told GCA, “working through most of Bill’s list of improvements.”
“(Superintendent Sam Murphy) killed out the greens in late June, and the course closed after the fourth of July,” Sherman added. “You can imagine how fast they were for that last week! When the course closed, Sam core aerified all greens and topdressed with a desirable sand mix. This was truly a no-till where nothing was stripped after the bentgrass was killed to preserve the contours.
“All greens were originally surrounded by ample 419 bermudagrass fairway cut which was to provide many short game options. However, over the years it has been difficult to mow to a low height and allow the ball to roll. So, all of the old bermudagrass was stripped and resodded with about six acres of TifGrand bermudagrass to encourage firm, fast and smooth conditions. Ultimately this turf will be mowed at or below 0.300 inches and return the options around the greens.”
The compelte article can be found here.