Ryan Mulvey, Bay Point’s Director of Golf, announced the Nicklaus Course greens will undergo a turf conversion from Tif-Dwarf Bermuda to the new Ultra-Dwarf Tif Eagle Bermuda. The process will include a full-till with the current sod being stripped off along with 6 inches of soil. New soil and sand will be introduced, tilled, and then fumigated to remove any fungus, disease, nematodes, and various other potential soil issues. Once the tilling, grading, and sprigging is complete, the grow-in period will begin and the course will open with new championship greens.
The work will begin near the end of June and the course will be closed until completion of the process, which should allow for a re-opening around the beginning of October.
The new greens will be make the Nicklaus greens competitive with the Top 30 courses in Florida, including Seminole G.C., TPC Sawgrass, Doral, and others; in other words, smooth and fast year round without the need for over-seeding and it will also reduce the frequency of aerification.
During the turf conversion process on the Nicklaus, we are fortunate to have the Meadows course for our use.