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gallery name:   Cypress Lakes Golf Club | Putting Green Renovation | Muscle Shoals, Alabama




The City of Muscle Shoals, Alabama took over the operations of Cypress Lakes Golf Club and transformed the former private club into an upscale daily fee public facility.  One of the first steps was to replace the bent grass greens with Mini Verde ultradwarf bermuda grass to improve playing conditions in the warm summers and decrease maintenance costs.  As part of the transformation, the decision was made to renovate the existing 5,000 s.f. practice putting green that was crammed into a tight space--limited by existing cart path and utilities to one side and trees and the 9th green to the other.  They called Watermark Golf/Nathan Crace Design to develop a cost-effective renovation plan and the end result was an 8,000 s.f. green and the addition of much-needed cart parking and concrete curbing to keep traffic away from the new green.  Additionally, several trees near the green that made the turf on the green difficult to manage were also removed and some mounding was created to provide better separation between the practice green and the 9th green.

The project also proved to be the perfect time to transform a previously-abandoned tee complex on the course into a Mini Verde ultradwarf nursery green.  The project was publicly-bid and completed in just over four weeks and under budget.  Construction began and was completed in the Summer of 2013 and is scheduled to re-open in the fall after grow-in is complete.

A photo gallery is included here as well as a panoramic "Before & After" photo below the gallery.  More photos will be added as the project wraps up.

Photo Slideshow

  Click on the photos below to enlarge and view photos of the renovation/re-design work.

We'll be adding more photos as the project progresses. Please check back for updates.

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Before & After

  Below are "Before and After" photos of the putting green renovation.
  Cypress Lakes GC Putting Green -- Before
  Cypress Lakes GC Putting Green -- After

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