On Thursday, July 10, crews began “sprigging” approximately 12 acres of greens and approaches at the City of Wilmington’s municipal golf course. The sprigs, which are 3-6 inch grass stems, are hand-planted. Work to install about 8 acres of sod around the bunkers and greens is also underway. In addition, sand will be added to the newly formed bunkers next week.
While contractors work to renovate the greens, bunkers and practice putting green to the original Donald Ross specifications, city golf course staff are repairing other parts of the course, such as the rough, fairways and tee boxes. The greens have doubled in size, and new irrigation, drainage improvements, bunkers and cart paths have been installed.
The bunker work and grass installation are expected to be complete by the end of next week. The $1.2 million project is on schedule and the course is expected to be ready for play in October.