PGA Golf Club‘s acclaimed Dye Course is set to re-open to the public Friday, Nov. 25 following a complete re-grassing project that will enhance year-round playability and overall appeal.
Celebration Bermuda, a hybrid strain widely favored for its durability and quick recovery, was installed on all fairways. In addition to its impressive drought resistance and shade tolerance, the hearty grass presents a striking blue-green hue for great color contrasts.
All 18 greens have been re-grassed with Tifeagle, an Ultra’dwarf Bermuda variety lauded for its improved speed, consistent smoothness and superior color retention, while TifGrand was chosen for the collars. Additionally, putting surfaces have been expanded to their original sizes when the course opened in 2000, revealing pin placements players have not seen in years.
“Mother Nature takes a toll on a golf course; this comprehensive project has corrected altered surfaces due to years of top dressing and in turn restored the greens to Pete Dye’s original vision and intent,” says Dick Gray, PGA Golf Club Head Superintendent. “The new-age, genetically modified grasses will reduce maintenance needs, increase labor efficiency and provide consistent playing surfaces for years to come.”
Fresh sand has been added to fairway and greenside bunkers. Several bunker faces have also been refined and re-sodded with Empire Zoysia, a denser grass requiring less mowing.
Adds Gray: “The Dye will be in the best shape since it opened. It’s going to look great and play even better as the various grass strains will complement one another instead of competing for space.”
To celebrate its grand re-opening, PGA Golf Club is offering a $55 all-day rate to play the Dye Course from Nov. 25-27. Golfers teeing it up that weekend will receive a special bounceback coupon to play for the same rate from Dec. 19 to Jan. 2. Other special events include a Thanksgiving Weekend Merchandise Sale that will offer an additional 20% off an entire purchase of $100 or more in the golf shop.
The re-grassing initiative is one of several exciting projects at PGA Golf Club. Its touted Wanamaker Course re-opened late last year following similar enhancements and jumped five spots to No. 16 in Golfweek’s 2016 “Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” list. Currently ranked No. 27, the Dye Course should follow suit making PGA Golf Club one of only a handful of properties with two courses on the impressive list.
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PGA Golf Club members can tee it up on the iconic Dye Course beginning Thursday, Nov. 15. A media day is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16; media members interested in playing should contact Adriana Vizcaya at AVizcaya@pgahq.com or 772.467.1300 ext. 125.
Getting There: PGA Golf Club is less than a two-hour drive from Orlando and Miami, and under three hours from Tampa, Fort Myers and other Florida population centers. Having been ranked among the “75 Best Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest, PGA Golf Club is conveniently located 50 minutes north of Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), off Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie. PBI offers nearly 100 nonstop flights to more than 25 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Known as the “Ultimate Golf Resort Destination,” PGA Golf Club is home to four distinct golf courses at the facility and the nearby St. Lucie Trail Golf Club. The entertaining layouts were designed by renowned architects Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Jim Fazio.