River Landing 18 Gets New Turf

One of the courses at the 36-hole River Landing in Wallace, N.C., has received new turf for its greens. After just seven weeks, the re-grassed River Course at River Landing is now ready to re-open for play.

The River Course now boasts new Champion Ultra Dwarf putting surfaces. Bentgrass greens have been a part of River Landing since it was built 15 years ago, so superintendent Steve Sprouse recognized early on that the aging greens would eventually require a change. Sprouse planned for the course upgrade over the past couple years, researching grasses and determining the best timing for the transition.

"The new Champion grass will provide a consistent green speed and conditions year round," said Sprouse. "This is going to allow us to maintain a uniform standard, not only during our cooler months, but also all summer long."

Champion's hybrid Bermuda grass has been around for several years and has proven to be an outstanding surface, especially in a temperate zone like River Landing's.

Other notable golf courses utilizing Champion Ultra Dwarf include Atlanta Athletic Club (Ga.) - home of the 2011 PGA Tournament, Green Valley Country Club (Ariz.) and Hobe Sound Golf Course (Fla.).

"A course is only as good as its greens," said River Landing head pro Larry George. "Thanks to our outstanding maintenance team, our members and guests will notice a much better putting surface, as well as an improved overall golf experience."

General manager Rich Phaneuf is pleased with the significant capital improvement that has been made. "At River Landing, we continually reinvest in the quality of our community," said Phaneuf. "It's what makes our community such an amazing place to live and play."

For more information, visit http://www.riverlanding.com.