Welcome Back TPC Summerlin
In the summer of 2022, several courses and private clubs underwent major renovations to help conditions also implement drought tolerant turf. The first to reopen to terrific reviews was TPC Summerlin, host course of the PGA Tour’s Shriners Children’s Open. Here’s a look behind the scenes with tournament director Partrick Lindsey.
TPC Summerlin superintendent Dale Hahn helped lead the renovation. During Shriners tournament week, Hahn was inducted into the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.
“Over the last couple years, there had been quite a planning process for the project that was going to take place over the spring and the summer months, dating back several years where they actually tested certain types of grass on the sixth fairway in order to kind of see what works best,” Lindsay said. “They ended up picking a grass called Bandera. It’s a type of Bermuda grass. And starting in April, they took around two inches of material off of all of the greens. The grass has been tested here locally and has really proven to be a really great putting surface. Really what’s been great is that this course has been closed since April. So from April until Monday, October 3rd, the first date of this tournament, there had been not one shot hit on this golf course. So these PGA tour players (got) a completely fresh golf course to play.”
Official turf information:
Bandera Bermuda® is unquestionably the most rapid establishing and fastest recovering from turf damage and wear we’ve experienced. The grass has good shade tolerance and some of the best cold tolerance and disease resistance of any variety. It performs great in very high traffic areas like sports fields because it can repair itself quickly. Like all our hybrid bermudas, Bandera Bermuda is a drought tolerant grass, and requires little water compared to cool season grasses like fescue.
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