Stuart Martin, head golf professional at The Pearl Golf Links in Calabash, N.C. near Myrtle Beach, discusses the West Course‘s transition to new MiniVerde Bermuda greens, joining the East Course in doing so.
We recently switched out the grass from A1-A4 bentgrass to MiniVerde Bermuda, a much heartier grass for this area, and more cost efficient. It’s turned out wonderfully. I’ve checked on it personally, and the greens are rolling excellent. Our East Course is currently MiniVerde Bermuda and has been for a number of years now, so consistency throughout the facility is what we were looking for.
What’s some of the early feedback that you’ve gotten from visiting golfers?
Excellent greens. They were thrilled. They’re smooth. They’re generous, not too difficult, not too easy.
The East Course is a traditional parkland-style golf course, common to the Carolina area, which means it’s tree-lined, excuse me, from tee to green. The West Course, however, has a little more forgiving landing spots off the tee. It’s more of a links style or resort style course. They both have wonderful water views.
When golfers come for a fall golf vacation, and they play both the Pearl West and East, what can they expect?
Oh, they can expect the best time of their life. We have the facility out here. No reason to leave all day long. You’ve got two entirely different layouts to enjoy, a full-service restaurant, and a wonderful staff.