Pompano Beach Reopens Municipal Layout after $4 Million Remodel

The Pines Golf Course in Pompano Beach, Fla., has reopened to the public following a $4 million renovation overseen by Greg Norman's design firm. An official grand opening will be held Wednesday, January 16.

The 18-hole layout - which is next door to another municipal facility, the Palms - was closed in April 2012 for the project, which involved new Celebration Bermuda turf and irrigation system, a complete redesign of the first three holes, reshaped greens and upgraded bunkers.

The course will also be more walkable, according to Chris Campbell, senior vice president of Greg Norman Golf Course Design. "There is much more tee and green surface area, which creates more options for varying the course setup," Campbell told Ariel Barkhurst of the Sun Sentinel.

"Everything on the course, particularly the hazards, is much more visible." (For Barkhurst's full story, visit http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-pompano-golf-opening-20130113,0,201311.story.

Greg Martzolf, Pompano Beach's golf course manager, added, "They took what's given to them and made the best shape they could, what they felt would be the most playable and enjoyable routing."

Expected to attend the grand opening ceremony, which starts at 11:00 a.m., are Norman, Mayor Lamar Fisher and Commissioner Charlotte Burrie.