New greens installed and in use at Pecan Plantation

October 13, 2012

The wait is over. The new greens at Pecan Plantation are open and being used at this moment.

Following in the footsteps of its sister course, Nutcracker, Pecan Plantation Country Club installed the popular MiniVerde Bermuda greens.

“Oh my, going to the Mini-Verde and the same bunker scale as Colonial, it’s the first time Pecan has had USGA spec greens with full drainage, and drainage in the bunkers,’ said Pecan professional Bobby White.

White called the renovation a “million dollar project.”

He said it includes all 19 greens, including the practice green, 23 bunkers, and irrigation around all greens.

He said the new greens make for a faster surface.

“It’s the best putting surface available,” said White. “I think the members are really going to enjoy playing on this surface.

“The (PGA) end of the year tournament championship at Atlanta is this surface.”

Nutcracker had the greens in place for competition in the Tri-County Championship this past summer. White said they have been very popular with folks playing Nutcracker.

White said the Mini-Verde greens will hold the ball better when it lands, unlike the dome greens previously on Pecan holes.

“They’re more like a catcher’s mitt. They catch the ball and won’t let it roll off like it would on the old greens,” he said.

White added that not only will golfers be happy, he expects the new greens to help draw new tenants to Pecan.

The grand opening of the new greens was held yesterday and included a fly-over and ribbon cutting. The first members to play the new greens were Gerard Eads, John Drews and Mary Walker. They won a drawing for the right.

“We already had a very nice place for folks to play, and now it’s just gotten that much better,” said White. “This puts us in a class with some of the most prestigious courses around.”

The project was done by Mid-America Golf with the architect group being Colligan Golf Designs.

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