PGA Golf Club’s Dye Course Opens With New Grass

The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida officially reopened their highly acclaimed Dye Course, following a complete 7 month re-grassing project that enhances year-round play ability and overall aesthetic 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, this hearty grass presents a striking blue-green-hue for a great color contrast. All 18 greens have been regrassed 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 the putting surfaces have been expanded to Architect Pete Dye’s 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; the comprehensive ‘reclamation’ project has corrected altered surfaces due to years of top dressing, and in turn restored the greens to Pete’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, and several bunker faces have also been redefined and re-sodded with Empire Zoysia, a denser grass requiring less mowing. Adds Gray, “The Dye Course 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.”

One of the Florida attendees of the grand opening, Bob Figurelli, who has played a lot of great golf courses around the world, said, “This is the best golf course I have ever played in Florida and just immaculate.” The Duffer, who loves playing at the PGA Golf Club and has been visiting it for years, says, “The Dye is right up there with what Superintendent Dick Gray did to the Tom Fazio designed Wanamaker Course earlier in the year, taking them both up a notch to fit the eye better off the tee, and more playable than ever before.”

Gray’s next project will be the Tom Fazio designed Ryder course, which will complete what Senior General Manager, Jimmy Terry, stated was a five year comprehensive plan to make the PGA Golf Club the standard bearer of the PGA of America. A total remodel of the clubhouse was completed in early 2016 with outstanding facilities for the members, a display area of historical artifacts including the trophies from the four majors, improved meeting spaces and a new interior design of the Taplow Pub.

To celebrate its grand re-opening, PGA Golf Club is offering a $55 all-day rate to play the Dye Course from November 25-27, with golfers teeing it up that weekend receiving a bounce back coupon to play for the same $55 rate from December 19- January 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.

Known as the “Ultimate Golf Resort Destination, PGA Golf Club is home to four distinct golf courses, designed by renowned architects Jim Fazio, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, who at age 91, was inducted into the Florida State Golf Association’s Hall of Fame November 18th in Orlando. The state of the art 35 acre PGA Learning Center is located there as well as a fun short course.

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