Feb. 17, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- –
A state-of-the-art golf course will soon complement the upscale clubhouse and world-class practice facilities at Florida State University’s Don Veller Seminole Golf Course in Tallahassee – all while the course remains open for play.
The renovations will begin March 1, 2004, and include redesigning and rebuilding all 18 greens on the course and the practice green to USGA specifications and installing TifEagle ultra dwarf turf. Each tee complex will be rebuilt with five sets of tees, and the 14th hole will be completely redesigned.
When the renovations are complete in September 2004, the course will play as a par 73, featuring five par-5 holes. During construction, the course will remain open for play through the use of temporary tees and greens. The driving range, Golf Pro Shop and Renegade Grill also will remain open.
The new design is by Bob Walker, who has designed such courses as St. James Bay and Regatta Bay, a top 10 course in Florida.
“The renovation will result in dramatic changes to the course,” said Tim Melloh, general manager and 18-year PGA professional. “When it reopens, it will have a completely new look and feel. It will be like playing a brand new golf course. Bob Walker has done an excellent job for us.”
Built more than 35 years ago, the current greens still have the original turf grass. The greens and tees were built when the course handled less than 20,000 rounds of golf annually. Today, the course accommodates more than 60,000 rounds of golf each year. With its $5.5 million clubhouse and its outstanding practice facilities, the course complex is already a model facility for FSU’s Professional Golf Management Program (PGM), one of only 15 nationally that is accredited by the PGA of America.
“The FSU men’s and women’s golf teams are sure to benefit from the renovations because the new greens will be state-of-the art and will give them day- to-day tournament quality conditions similar to the ones they compete on nationally,” Melloh said. The nature of the TifEagle grass allows for the greens to be mowed at a much closer height, giving the course greens speeds consistently within the 9 to 10 range on the Stimpmeter and often exceeding 10.5 to 11.
“What’s really amazing about this turf is how smooth it is. The ball rolls across the greens like a cue ball on a pool table.”
In addition to improving the speed, consistency and playability of greens, TifEagle grass maintains better color during cool temperatures and responds better to overseeding than other popular Bermuda grasses.
Once the project is complete, the biggest winners are going to be Seminole Golf Course customers – FSU students, faculty and staff, Tallahassee residents and area visitors, Melloh said.
“These will be spectacular renovations, but there are no plans to dramatically increase our fees,” he said. “We will always be the best value in town.”