After celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening on the Pines in 2010, renovation plans were laid for the golf course. From 2011 through 2012, a transformation took place at The Pines—starting with the Lakes 9— reconstructed tee boxes on all nine holes, scenic rock walls, added yardage and major enhancements to the property’s signature hole, Lakes 7. In the fall of 2012 the Woods underwent a similar renovation and had impressive results.
The first major change was the reconstruction of all main tee boxes and leveling of all the other tees. All the cart paths have been resurfaced for a smoother ride through the course. The removal of several trees has opened up sightlines and allows for better sunlight and air movement around the tees. This spring, the pond on #3 will be expanded and the team will be leveling the rough on a number of holes, as well.
“Players will definitely notice the much larger main tees, particularly on the par threes. By removing a number of trees and opening them up to sunlight, the larger tees will give us the ability to maintain a better teeing surface,” said Mike Bohnenstingl, Director of Golf Maintenance. “The tees have been squared off and re-aligned to the fairways, as well. The pond on #3 is being enlarged to bring it more into view from the tee, and offer players a more scenic challenge to that hole.”
Golfers ready to challenge The Woods will have to wait till Memorial Day weekend, which is the projected completion date if everything goes as planned. “We are always about the experience at Grand View and we want to make sure that the course is ready to be fully played at its best potential when opened,” said Bohnenstingl.
Grand Opening of The Woods will take place during the 22nd Annual Fred-Mark Charity Invitational, taking place Monday, May 27th through Tuesday, May 28th at the property’s championship courses, The Pines and The Preserve. Proceeds from this event will benefit Bridges of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization, which links families to community supports and resources. The two-day tournament will feature putting contests, tee prizes, and a silent and live auction with some great items including sporting event tickets, resort stays, memorabilia and leisure packages.