Enhancements on the Tom Fazio-designed East Course included updating green complexes to their original size by utilizing GPS coordinates gathered from Fazio’s original design. Greens were resurfaced with TifEagle bermudagrass, while fairways, tees and collars were resurfaced with Latitude 36 bermudagrass. Bunker renovations included updating the drainage in all green-side and fairway bunkers utilizing a new capillary concrete bunker system. The new bunkers are filled with G-Angle bunker sand. Belfair director of agronomy Keith Einwag and Troon senior vice president of golf course development Ron Despain oversaw the project, with Maryland-based McDonald and Sons serving as the general contractor.
“The West Course at Belfair already ranks as one of the ‘Top 100 Private Residential Courses in the US,’” said Ray Pilch, President of the Belfair, POA. “With this renovation and enhancement, we are hopeful of achieving similar recognition for the East Course as well.”
Belfair will host the 2019 PGA Professional Championship, the world’s largest all-professional event, April 28-May 1. The 312-player field will be comprised of players who advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with past champions. The low 20 scorers at Belfair will earn a berth in the 2019 PGA Championship to be played May 16-19, 2019 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. All four rounds of the PGA Professional Championship will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.