Emerald Bay ready to reopen its links

Emerald Bay Golf Club

After almost six months of being shutdown and under going some major renovations, golfers will get the chance this week to tee it back up at Emerald Bay Golf Club.

The 18-hole course will open up play to its members and VIPs on Thursday.

"We will be doing 9 to 1 o'clock tee times, weather permitting," said Jearl McCall, director of golf for Emerald Bay.

Then on Friday the course will be open to the public starting at 7 a.m. "seven days a week."

What will the golfer see when they take to the links at Emerald Bay?

"The greens are a whole different kind of grass," McCall said riding around the course Monday afternoon. The greens have been revamped with TifEagle Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass, which provides a very dense surface for improved putting speed and consistency.

Not only do they have new grass, but the greens are bigger as well.

"And we re-did all the bunkers," McCall said. "The new bunker system is incredible," he said, noting they should not have as many washouts and rocks. "It's a lot cleaner look."

The golf course is now shorter and longer.

"We added a new front tee, but we backed up the very back tees," McCall said.

"The great thing about it is it's going to be good for the really good player and the average golfer. It's just going to be a lot better golf course."

The course was originally designed in 1991 by Bob Cupp, whose career in golf course design has spanned more than 40 years. He served as senior designer for Jack Nicklaus for more than 15 years before starting his own firm in 1984. Since that time, his courses have hosted more than 50 national and international tournaments, including seven major championships.

Cupp told The Log back in March that it was time "to spruce up the old girl" and make it "more about fun."

And with the renovations, that's what Emerald Bay has set out to do.

"For people who couldn't hit quite far, it was a hard course," McCall said. "And now by adding the forward tees, it opens it up for a lot more players. It's all about fun."

To schedule at tee time, call 837-5197.