North Carolina course reopens ahead of schedule following regrassing
Courtesy of Rumbling Bald

North Carolina course reopens ahead of schedule following regrassing

Turf leader Matt Lovell oversaw transition from bentgrass to Champion Bermudagrass greens on Apple Valley course at Rumbling Bald.

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The Dan Maples-designed Apple Valley Golf Course at Rumbling Bald, the 36-hole golf resort on Lake Lure, North Carolina, officially reopened on Aug. 24 with new Champion Bermuda greens on all 18 holes.
“With everything that’s happened this year, we feel incredibly fortunate that Apple Valley is reopening ahead of schedule,” Rumbling Bald general manager Jeff Geisler said. “We now have the entire fall golf season ahead of us with 36 holes available, and we look forward to safely welcoming golfers from around the region.”
 
The course’s transition from bentgrass to Champion Bermuda began in June, as play was shifted to Bald Mountain. Ample rain and sunshine throughout the summer, coupled with the agronomic expertise of director of golf course maintenance Matt Lovell, allowed the popular Southern turfgrass to flourish out of the gates and quickly take root. 
 
“Champion Bermuda is naturally heat tolerant, easier to maintain in this climate than bentgrass and has speeds up to two feet faster than other ultradwarf turf cultivars as measured by a stimpmeter,” Lovell said. “Golfers are going to love putting on it and will appreciate the speed and consistency it provides.”
 
Rumbling Bald has completed several golf-focused enhancements across both courses over the past two years, including tree removal and replanting, upgraded landscape, and new E-Z-GO golf carts with USB ports. 
 
Rumbling Bald’s marquee course, Apple Valley, stretches to nearly 6,800 yards and features expansive views of Bald Mountain and the surrounding Lake Lure area. Maples estimated 75 percent of the shots at Apple Valley are either level or downhill. Shimmering mountain lakes adorn 12 holes, but water only occasionally comes into play.
 
Bald Mountain, at 6,300 yards, is renowned for its unique configuration of five par 5s and five par 3s. Movie buffs appreciate the 16th green, the backdrop of a scene from the movie “Dirty Dancing.”  A protégé of golf course architect George Cobb, W.B. Lewis is known for his traditional approach to course design. This philosophy is reflected in Bald Mountain’s playability from tee to green.