The December 2014 e-newsletter of Turfgrass Producers International revealed an interesting statistic regarding Bluejack National, the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the U.S. Scheduled to open this fall, the course is being grassed with 520 truckloads — or 4.2 million square feet — of sod. With the exception of the TifEagle bermudagrass greens, the course will feature Zeon Zoysia fairways and L1F tees and green surrounds.
The story is reprinted in full below, or for a PDF of the e-newsletter, click here and see page 4.
First Tiger Woods-Designed Golf Course in U.S. Presents a Great Opportunity for TPI Members
By Jim Novak (TPI’s Public Relations Manager)
When the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the United States, Bluejack National, opens in the fall of 2015, there will be at least two Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) members with a smile on their face. One is David Doguet of Bladerunner Farms, who can take pride in knowing that the proposed 18-hole golf course (with the exception of TifEagle Bermuda used on the greens), will be planted with Bladerunner’s Zeon Zoysia and L1F Zoysia. The other fellow that is going to be pleased is Scott Sipes, sales manager of All Seasons Turf Grass, a sister farm of Horizon Turf Grass and also the location of TPI’s 2016 Field Day.
In a story dated 12/2/14, Golf Course Industry News quotes Sipes as stating that the golf course will require 520 truckloads of grass equaling 4.2 million square feet of sod in the form of big rolls and slabs. Sipes reportedly added, “Any time you work with someone in the industry, and they are the number one name in golf — everyone in golf knows who they are — it’s a challenge, it’s prestigious, it’s quite an honor.”
Golf Course Industry News went on to report that Eric Bauer, director of agronomy, suggested they’ll be sodding about 97 acres. It was also reported that they went with sod rather than sprigs to expedite the project by as much as a year.
Bluejack National is located 45 minutes from Houston in the Piney Woods of Montgomery County. The golf course is a planned world-class private club and community. Patterned after the great lodges, golf clubs and fishing camps of the 19th century, Bluejack National will provide a relaxed, inviting gathering place where families, friends and business associates may choose to visit for a short while or live year-round. The golf course is nestled on more than 35 acres of lakes and features approximately 7 miles of beautiful hiking, biking and running trails.