Tiger’s Eye Golf Links, one of the more decorated courses in Brunswick County, reopened Friday following renovations that included the installation of new TifEagle ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens.
The 17-year-old course closed on July 23 to replace its original G2 bentgrass greens.
The 7,014-yard Tim Cate design is one of the four courses known as “The Big Cats” at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Sunset Beach, N.C. It has been ranked among the top 10 public courses in North Carolina by Golf Magazine several times, and in the top 15 among public courses in the state by Golfweek multiple times.
Tiger’s Eye is the third Ocean Ridge course to transition to Bermuda from bent greens since 2010. Panther’s Run and Lion’s Paw, which are both older, have MiniVerde Bermuda, while Leopard’s Chase, which opened in 2007, still has its original L93 bentgrass.
There are now fewer than 10 courses on the Grand Strand with bentgrass, a cool-weather grass that tends to become stressed in the summer heat.
TifEagle is featured on several Strand courses including True Blue Golf Club, Farmstead Golf Links, Prestwick Country Club and Pawleys Plantation, as well as TPC Sawgrass and Harbour Town Golf Links, which host PGA Tour events.
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