Bay Hill to overhaul greens after API


Describing some of the greens as "aesthetically weak," officials at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge announced plans Tuesday to launch a "comprehensive re-grassing project" following this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

According to a media release, the club plans to install TifEagle Bermuda grass at the 27-hole facility after a 2009 upgrade "did not meet an anticipated level of excellence." The project is expected to begin in May and should be completed by early August.

"We always strive to have the very best playing conditions, not only for the tournament, but also for our members and guests," said Roy Saunders, vice president of Bay Hill Club as part of the release. "By taking this step, the club is positioning itself to better achieve its overall objective of offering superior conditions throughout the year."

While club officials believe the conditions will not have an adverse effect on playability at this week's event, the release did concede that some of the greens were not "100 percent healthy" following a harsh winter. Golfweek's Alex Miceli reported that tournament officials at last week's Valspar Championship posted a sign in the locker room advising players of the conditions of the greens this week in Orlando.