The newly remodeled West Pines Golf Club opened for play Wednesday and a grand re-opening was held Saturday to celebrate renovations including an updated clubhouse and TifEagle bermuda greens to spruce up the municipal golf course.
The inside of the renovated clubhouse features comfortable furniture to sit on, new artwork hanging on the walls, golf club T-shirts and a selection of Adidas golf cleats and Skechers golf shoes to choose from. The sales counter moved inside of the shop as well for a better traffic flow pattern.
“When customers would come in, what we would call the backdoor, it felt like they were coming in the incorrect door if they never been there before. They were coming in behind the counter, people would often apologize for using that entrance even though we were perfectly fine with everyone using both doors,” Chris Cartwright, PGA Professional at West Pines Golf Club, said.
Outside of the pro shop is a tall, new American flag waving by the first tee. New signs also accompany the fairways on the course.
Perhaps the biggest change to the course, though, are the bermuda greens. West Pines previously used bentgrass, a grass that is suited best for cooler weather.
“The reason we did the conversion is that in Atlanta, the summers were just too much for the Bentgrass. Too much manpower went in to try to keep them, just to survive the summer,” West Pines Golf Club golf course superintendent Chuck Combs said.
The bermudagrass costs more than the bentgrass upfront, but the choice should save West Pines money in the long run, Combs said.
“This summer has taken a tremendous leap in the right direction. The fairways are in the best shape ever. The greens are in the best shape ever and with the conversion of bentgrass to bermuda, I’m able to allocate my staff accordingly to work on areas of the course that had to be neglected, just because the greens were so difficult to keep alive,” Cartwright said.
West Pines is an 18-hole course and has practice facilities to accompany the pro shop. The golf club opened in 1965 and the city purchased it in 2004. The purchasing of West Pines Golf Course was voted on by the citizens as part of the 2002 SPLOST referendum. About $6.4 million of SPLOST funds were used to purchase the golf course.
“I think West Pines is a valuable asset to the city,” Cartwright said. “It’s an activity that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy together. We provide a tremendous value for the dollar out here by being a municipal property. A truly public facility with a course as nice as ours would cost more than it does being a municipal course. So it’s just a value to the area.”
After yesterday’s grand opening, which featured Uptown Food Truck and custom fittings for attendees, Cartwright said there wouldn’t be another special event at the course until next April, which is around the time where golf season picks up. West Pines Golf Club is located at 9090 Rose Ave. in Douglasville.