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Cherokee Rose reopening greens
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The greens at Cherokee Rose Country Club have been given the green light for play.
The Hinesville golf course will open its greens for play this weekend after several weeks of using temporary greens.
“We’ll probably have a couple of holes still with temporary greens,” Cherokee Rose manager Ronnie Mobley said. “They’re probably going to be a little slow and bumpy. It’s going to take a few more weeks to get them smooth and fast.”
Mobley was grateful for the patience of the members and non-members who have played the 36-year-old course. In fact, none of the greens on the 18 holes had been redone since the course opened.
“It will still take time for them to mature,” Mobley said, “if the players bear us until we get them.”
A couple of the holes are not completely covered with new grass but are playable. The rest are 95 percent covered and should be covered soon.
“We have to treat them with kid gloves for the next few weeks until we get them established,” Mobley said.
When the planting of the new grass on the greens started, the nights were relatively cool, which slowed down the process.
“The last three weeks, we’ve have some cooperation from the weather, and we’ve been able to tell a big difference,” Mobley said.
Work on all the greens began May 7. The course has undergone several changes during the past few years, with the removal of trees and the installation of new bunkers on some holes, but the new greens may be the most subtle and yet the most dramatic.
“We’re going to be real pleased,” Mobley said.
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