HP Byron Nelson Championship - TPC Las Colinas course preview

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This week the PGA Tour returns to TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas, for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. With the new late May date in the schedule (was early April), GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent John Cunningham, director of golf and landscape operations, no longer needs to overseed with winter ryegrass and converted the golf course to wall-to-wall bermudagrass this year.

He also added a greenside bunker to No. 16, and has the greens in the best shape they have ever been with a new cutting-edge moisture management program consisting of monitoring the volumemetric water content with daily soil probing and then handwatering the specific locations identified with the exact amount of moisture needed.
 
Cunningham oversaw a major redesign and renovation that was completed last year. The renovation included extensive tree landscaping, rebuilding of all greens, bunkers and tee boxes and included the addition of a four-pond water cascade feature on No. 18.
 
One of the toughest holes is No. 3, a 490-yard, par 4, which has water nearly the entire length on the right and bunkers on the left of the landing area. Strong Texas winds prevail most of the year from the north in the cool months and from the south in the warm months.
 

grass type

Grass type:
Tees - TifSport bermudagrass, 0.400'
Fairways - Bermudagrass, 0.400'
Greens - Bentgrass, 0.130'
Rough - Bermudagrass, 4.00'

weather

Weather: Low 80s for the high all week. Chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.

yardage

Yardage: 7,166 yards. Par 70.

signature hole

Signature hole: One of the toughest holes is No. 3, a 490-yard, par 4, which has water nearly the entire length on the right and bunkers on the left of the landing area. The prevailing wind is helping, but if it's across or into the wind, look out.


 

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