National Course at Reynolds Plantation to Reopen

A remodel of the Tom Fazio-designed National golf course at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga., is nearing completion. Over the past nine months, the 27-hole layout has undergone several upgrades, modifications and a replanting. All putting greens were converted from bent grass to Champion Dwarf Bermudagrass, and every green collar improved.

Bunkers were fitted with the "Better Billy Bunker" system, a process named after former Augusta National superintendent Billy Fuller, who consulted on the renovation. The method utilizes a sprayed-in polymer liner that dramatically improves drainage, reduces silt contamination and provides greater resistance to erosion. Many of the bunkers also had their edges reshaped to allow for more effective maintenance and better grass growth.

With the blessing of Fazio, 10 bunkers were strategically removed while some of the remaining 76 were reduced in size. Along the fairways and around greens, encroaching foliage was removed to provide more air and sunlight to the putting surfaces. Removal of the greenery also improved the framing of holes.

"In the past, you could catch glimpses of the lake during your round," says Mark Lammi, vice president of golf operations for Reynolds Plantation. "Now, things are opened-up to better reflect the original design and the lake will be a major focus. Players will be much more aware of the lake setting and have the advantage of improved views as they approach the wonderfully rebuilt green complexes."

"I'm very excited about the recent improvements made to The National course," says Fazio, who was in close contact with the Reynolds team throughout the project. "These renovations will improve the golf experience at The National for years to come. This project is evidence of the ownership's commitment to quality and the long-term success of the community."

Also involved was the refurbishment of all comfort stations on the course and landscaping enhancements. Meanwhile, plans are continuing on a new National clubhouse, which is expected to break ground later this year and open in 2015.

"The reopening of The National course marks the completion of the fourth course renovation in less than two years," added Lammi. "This collection of courses, combined with the Reynolds Golf Academy, the TaylorMade Kingdom and our extensive member programming, allows Reynolds Plantation to deliver a golf experience that truly cannot be found anywhere else."

Weather permitting the "new" National will reopen in time for the perennial return of guests visiting the Masters tournament in nearby Augusta. All six courses at Reynolds Plantation will be open during Masters Week, April 7-13, with new hours going into effect as of April 14.

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