DURHAM, N.C. – Old Chatham Golf Club, a prestigious Triangle-based golf club and home to some of the area’s foremost business leaders, has announced that the club just celebrated the reopening of its golf course after being closed for the summer for course design improvements. Improvements include the conversion to Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda greens, the addition of undulations and contour changes to six greens, the addition of new bunkers on six holes and renovations to cart paths. Yardages are changing and the Course Superintendent promises, “We are making it even more fun to play out here.”
The new greens have members particularly excited. “It’s nice to putt on greens at 5 p.m. that have the same characteristics that they did at 9 a.m.,” offers Founding Member and Chairman of the Green Committee George Leight. “That is just one of the many reasons we switched over to the Champion Bermuda.” Premiere golf courses in the Southeast are beginning to switch their greens from traditional bent grass, which is prone to blemish in summer heat, to Champion Bermuda, which is more heat tolerant.
The course will celebrate its reopening for members with a putting challenge to test the new greens and a reopening golf tournament to be held Saturday, Sept. 15. Invitations to play are also going out to a select group of individuals around the Triangle, as Old Chatham also will celebrate the addition of the Young Professional and Triangle Golf Membership categories, both geared to executives that are naturally drawn to the exclusive nature of the Club. Old Chatham is within months of reaching its membership cap, which is the lowest in the Triangle to guarantee members enjoy an uncrowded and private atmosphere at all times.
Old Chatham Golf Club’s course was designed by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones, who is often referred to as the “Open Doctor” due to the quantity of design and redesign work he has done for major championship venues including Torrey Pines Golf Course, Congressional Country Club, Bethpage State Park, Medinah Country Club, East Lake Golf Club, Redstone Golf Club and many more.
“We are excited to reopen our newly-designed course,” said Allen Wilson, Old Chatham Golf Club president. “We have anticipated this day for a long time and our members have been patient and supportive throughout the entire renovation process. The improvements made to the course have been well worth the wait.”
“Members will enjoy a golf course with a greater emphasis on tee shot placement due to the bunkers that have been added, said George Leight, MD. “The firmer, faster Champion Ultradwarf greens will demand more precise placement of approach shots and will provide more challenging putting conditions, particularly where enhanced contours and undulations have been added. In future years, Old Chatham members and their guests will be able to play a golf course with tees, fairways, rough, and greens all in optimal condition at the same time during the heart of the golf season in this area.”
ABOUT OLD CHATHAM GOLF CLUB:
Established in 2001 by area business leaders, the Old Chatham Golf Club is a Triangle-based club with the charm and character of the classics. A Rees Jones design, Old Chatham Golf Club is nestled just minutes from the I-40 corridor with 400 acres of rolling hills rich in native pines and oaks. In this secluded yet convenient location, members and their guests can escape to the tranquility of an uncrowded retreat, characterized by gracious hospitality with an emphasis on quality and comfort.