How’s the carpeting look at your favorite golf course? Not the stuff inside the clubhouse that came from the same place hotels get their rugs- whatever anonymous warehouse that is. I’m talking the carpet you drive, chip and putt on this time of the year. Some of you, of course, have snow on your fairways and greens already. Many of you are still moving piles of leaves to putt in your final rounds of the fall season.
Hilton Head Island’s carpets- its fairways, greens and roughs, are all new, all grown in for the winter, and look better now than they have since the over-seeding process began in early October. In fact, you’ll even have a wide variety of carpet styles to play on a winter trip to the Golf Island.
The most popular look is a ryegrass over-seed of the tees and fairways with new poa
trivialis added to the greens, letting the dormant Bermuda roughs frame the holes in a delightful contrast of green and brown. Oyster Reef, the Barony and Robbers’ Row
Courses at Port Royal Golf Club, the Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills Courses at Palmetto Dunes and the Ocean Course at Sea Pines are prime examples of this winterization style.
Some courses have gone “all” green. Harbour Town Golf
Links and the Robert Cupp Course at Palmetto Hall are two of the courses who’ve gone wall-to-wall green, with ryegrass now taking over the Bermuda on the tees, fairways and roughs with poa trivialis on the putting surfaces.
But there are courses that are experimenting this winter with different combinations. The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall re-grassed wall-to-wall this summer with a more winter-resistant Celebration Bermuda and is only adding poa trivialis to its greens. Heron Point by Pete Dye in Sea Pines put ryegrass on its tees and fairways, but expects its Mini-Verde Bermuda greens to hold their summer speed all winter (they’re lightning-quick right now). Shipyard’s tees and fairways are sporting fresh ryegrass, but don’t need to over-seed their Zoysia greens.
But one of golf’s hottest trends is to go au natural. Palmetto Dunes’ renowned George Fazio course hasn’t over-seeded its Diamond Zoysia layout in any of the last four years and reports are the Scottish feel of those links is attracting more and more players. Off-island, the popular Old South isn’t over-seeding either, again, believing that less is more.
The best news is that all of the Lowcountry carpets are ready for you to play all winter long. You can even track whatever your shoes picked up inside! For more information on the latest deals, visit www.hiltonheadisland.org.