Greens replaced at area golf course
By COREY DAVIS
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Golfers coming out to play at the Belmont Lake Golf Club will notice some changes on the 18-hole course.
Tim Wilke, general manager and head golf professional at the club, said golfers will see complete renovations of new greens at the Belmont Lake Golf Club. The greens have been converted to an ultradwarf variety of bermuda grass, which Wilke said is the same type of greens used recently at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.
Wilke credited his boss Mike Bennett, who oversees the operations of the club, for putting a plan together to the owners for new greens to be installed. Wilke said it was paramount to make changes to its greens, which had been an ongoing problem for a long time.
He added the old brentgrass greens struggled and deteriorated during the hotter months of July and August last year.
“Last year was really a culmination of the conditions, and they really got as bad as it could get,” Wilke said. “The heat index was very high last summer and that’s what caused the greens to die. We didn’t shut down the golf course and had some temporary greens put in. We didn’t have our normal numbers of business, but the people weren’t dissatisfied with playing on them because they knew something was getting done that was going to benefit the golf course and their golf abilities going forward.”
Unlike the former greens, Wilke said, the new bermuda grass greens will thrive and grow better during the hot summer months. Belmont Lake Golf Club has purchased covers to protect the greens during the extended periods of cold weather during the fall and winter months.
David Johnson, an architect from Atlanta who designed the Belmont Lake Golf Club in 2007, said golfers will have to make a little bit of an adjustment on the new greens but will see a difference in the way the golf ball bounces on the greens.
The Halle Building Group, which owns the golf course and the rest of the property at Belmont Lake Preserve, used a company out in Texas to redo the greens. The estimated cost for the project was more than $100,000, Wilke said.
“The Halles have really stepped up in making this golf course better for our members and the community,” he said. “When you talk about people purchasing memberships, they don’t want to be more resistant of making a commitment to membership if they think our golf course is going to be in bad shape during the prime summer months. We don’t have to worry about that now.
“They should expect the greens to be in excellent condition going forward.”