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New greens for Cherokee Rose
Hole No. 16 is one of 20 greens being renovated. - photo by By Jimmy Currier
Cherokee Rose Country Club members and guests may see a little construction going on and experience a little inconvenience on the golf course, but CRCC general manager Ronnie Mobley says not to worry.
He explained that the club is renovating its greens for the first time in the course’s 37-year history and that the new greens will be faster, smoother and better.
The average life span of greens, according to Mobley, is 15-30 years, so the project was overdue.
In the meantime, golfers can enjoy 18 holes of golf and cart use at a discounted price of $14 plus tax.
“We know it’s an inconvenience but we hope the members and guests will bear with us,” Mobley said. “In the long run, it will benefit them more than anyone.”
The physical renovation began May 7 and will be complete by the end of July or early August.
Atlantic Seaboard Golf Services of Brunswick is doing the work.
Though the construction began earlier this month, Mobley said they have been planning this for a year.
Golfers play on a shortened course of roughly 30 yards. Mobley and the CRCC crew have installed temporary greens to accommodate the golfers.
The new grass for the greens is Tiftdwarf, replacing the 328 Bermuda, which is now obsolete.
Mobley said he checked with golf courses in the area that use Tiftdwarf and he said they all enjoy it.
Some area golf courses that use the grass include the Brunswick Country Club, which is designed by PGA tour member Davis Love III, Jacksonville Golf Club and Orange Park Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
“If it’s good enough for Davis Love, then it’s good enough for us,” CRCC treasurer Jim Rowe said. “After the project is over, it will provide a more memorable experience for our members and guests.”
For the project, CRCC consulted with Dr. Leon Stacey, who was an entomologist at the University of Georgia from 1977-1984 and has since been a golf course consultant.
Stacey said the old greens had become problematic with pest problems such as nematodes, weeds and seed.
Stacey explained that the greens will not only allow for better play because of the speed and smoothness but are also easier to maintain. They can be cut down to an inch-high.
The project, including 18 holes and two putting greens, has a price tag of roughly $70,000.
CRCC also has installed three new sand bunkers on the front nine.

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