New Turf, Same great Layout

Haines City’s award-winning Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club has re-opened with new Champion Bermuda Dwarf greens, the result of an unexpected improvement project that closed the course for much of the summer. Grain has yet to take hold, and the greens are rolling as well as any course in the Orlando area.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Champion Dwarf, it is very dense and aggressive grass that makes for a beautiful putting surface, allowing courses to maintain higher green speeds year round. The added bonus to Champion Dwarf is that overseeding is no longer required since the grass holds its color during the winter months in Florida. Many of the most prestigious courses in the Southeast are now installing Champion Dwarf including Seminole CC the No. 1 course in Florida.

In 2011 “The Atlanta Athletic Club” will be the first course in over 30 years to host a “Major” (The PGA Championship) featuring Bermuda grass (Champion Dwarf) greens.

New landscaping here and there throughout the course will also accompany the newly renovated greens. The Champion Dwarf greens will only add to the popularity of this stunning course that has been consistently ranked among the nation’s best. If it has been a while since you have played Southern Dunes you will certainly want to put it on your play list the next time you visit Orlando.


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