Ford's Colony golf course gets new greens

Tjefferson@vagazette.com

One of Ford's Colony golf courses will have a new look in September.

Ford's Colony's owner is installing champion bermudagrass on the greens along the Marsh Hawk golf course. The turf is something golfers will only find in Ford's Colony, unless they want to travel to beyond the Peninsula, said James Emery, Ford's Colony membership director.

"We want to say 'thank you' to our members and give them a great golf course," Emery said. "This grass also gives us an advantage. It thrives here in the summer. We have it on our Blue Heron golf course. We know in the summertime we won't have to worry about it as much."

Ford's Colony is a gated community that includes 2,500 homes and three golf courses with 54 holes. Marsh Hawk was built in 1985 and is known for its traditional tree-lined course and strategically placed bunkers, Emery said.

"We are very pleased to bring Ford's Colony Country Club back to the forefront of golf in the Williamsburg area," said general manager David Ford, in a Ford's Colony news release. "These golf course renovations — along with our recent multi-million dollar clubhouse reinvention will add even more value to membership and a better experience for members while giving us the opportunity to offer a more robust calendar of member events."

Champion bermudagrass has been planted on over 530 courses in 16 states, according to Champion Turf Farms, a Texas-based turf retailer.

Total renovations made to the Ford's Colony courses and clubhouse have totaled over $2.5 million since ClubCorp bought the property two years ago, Emery said.

Some of ClubCorp's renovations include a new lobby area dining venue and outdoor patio, according to the Ford's Colony news release.

ClubCorp owns or operates over 200 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs in the U.S.

Club Corp also owns Greenbrier County Club in Chesapeake and Stonehenge Country Club in Richmond.

Emery said the renovations will separate the Marsh Hawk from the other courses in the area.

"It's a fun course to play at," Emery said. "The history is there and we will be the only course in the area that has the two champion Bermuda greens so that gives us a strong competitive advantage."

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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