The Bay Point Golf Club at Sheraton Bay Point Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida announced the Nicklaus Course will re-open for play in October following a three-month renovation. The overhaul of the course, which began in June, included the conversion of all 18 greens to new Ultra-Dwarf Tif-Eagle Bermuda grass, creating a more consistent putting surface that is tolerant of a tight and lower mowing height for faster greens year round. Complementing the new greens are 23 newly renovated green-side bunkers that saw new sand and drainage throughout, promoting a better playing experience from around the greens. These new improvements make the only Jack Nicklaus design in Northwest Florida the premier destination golf experience in the Panhandle.
“Pairing a championship golf course with the best available ultra-dwarf technology for these greens is a game changer that will elevate the Nicklaus course to one of the top in the Southeast,” said General Manager Ryan Mulvey, who helped oversee the renovation project for KemperSports, the club’s management partner. “Our golf guests and members will now be treated to an unprecedented playing experience with this fun and interesting design, making it possible to maintain excellent playing conditions year-round with minimal transition from season to season.”
The greens conversion involved the full-till process where the old sod was stripped from all 18 greens plus 6 inches of soil was removed. New soil and sand were introduced, tilled and then fumigated to remove any fungus, disease, nematodes, or other issues in the soil to create brand new healthy greens. The soil was then graded to the original Nicklaus design specifications and sprigged with Tif-Eagle. The grow in process took approximately eight weeks. Bay Point’s Meadows course has remained open throughout the redo and continues to welcome play.
Originally designed by Bruce Devlin in 1986 as the Lagoon Legends, the course was renovated by Jack Nicklaus Design in 2005. The par 72, Nicklaus stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with a challenging rating of 74.3 and slope of 143. The Club has hosted numerous regional and local events including the 2016 U. S. Open Qualifier. With 36 holes of championship golf, Bay Point Point Club, managed by KemperSports, at Sheraton Bay Point Resort is the premier resort on the Emerald Coast and owned by Torchlight Investments, LLC.
About Sheraton Bay Point Resort
As a quintessential Gulf of Mexico vacation destination, Sheraton Bay Point Resort is nestled along the historic St. Andrews Bay and recently unveiled an impressive $30 million renovation and rebranding. The Resort creates a distinctive coastal experience as the only AAA
Four Diamond rated resort in Panana City Beach. The beautiful landscape is dotted with palms, pines and moss-draped oaks throughout the 301 acre expansive property. With 320 accommodations, the Resort features a new, modern design, five unique dining options, 60,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, a private bay beach, two pools, a full service spa, a great tennis complex with professional staff, water sports, fishing and boating the azure waters of the bay and gulf. Sheraton Bay Point Resort is the only Starwood Hotels & Resorts property in the panhandle and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts. For more information visit SheratonBayPoint.com.
About Kemper Sports
Northbrook, Illinois based KemperSports operates golf facilities as well as athletic clubs, lodging venues and major sporting events. Their portfolio includes nationally ranked courses and tournament venues. Some of their properties in the Southeast include St. James Bay Resort on the Forgotten Coast of Florida, Tobacco Road and Sequoyah golf clubs in North Carolina, Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Virginia and Streamsong Resort in Polk County, Florida. Visit KemperSports.com for information.