Westhaven Golf Club major overhaul almost done


JOSH VARDAMAN

Franklin’s Westhaven Golf Club has only been open since 2009, but in a short period of time it has undergone major transformations that members hope will help make for a better golfing experience.

Franklin’s Westhaven Golf Club has only been open since 2009, but in a short period of time it has undergone major transformations that members hope will help make for a better golfing experience.

This summer, course officials decided to completely remove the existing Bermuda grass and replace it with Zorro Zoysia grass, which has become the standard for courses in the region.

“Zoysia grass is considered to be a premium playing surface in the South,” Westhaven Head Golf Pro Chris Cauthen said Monday during a media tour of the changes.

The new Zoysia grass provides golfers with a little easier surface than the Bermuda because the ball tends to set up on top of the blades a little more. The Zoysia is also more resistant to the hot and cold extremes of the weather, which is a huge plus for the course.

“It adds value to the golf course experience,” Cauthen said.

In order to replace the Bermuda grass throughout the course, Westhaven closed the front-nine from early June until Aug. 19. Then they closed the back-nine on July 20, and expect to reopen it around Sept. 13.

To go along with the new grass on the course, Westhaven officials extended its lease with Club Car in December and upgraded the golf carts to include a Visage system.

With the new Visage system, golfers are able to use GPS locations to determine how far they are from the hole. They can also order food, keep score electronically and are notified if dangerous weather is in the area.

Arguably the handiest characteristic of the Visage system for club officials is a program that keeps the carts on the cart paths while the grass is still new. Cauthen said when the carts leave the path the golfers are warned, then the carts shut off unless reversed back onto the paths.

Now that transformations at Westhaven are closer to completion, Cauthen said course officials look forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy.

“We’re looking to get back to business as usual with a premiere golf course.”

The club still accepts new members, and golfers do not have to be Westhaven residents to enjoy all of the new amenities at the course.

“You don’t have to be a Westhaven resident to be a member of the Westhaven Golf Club,” Cauthen said.

There are several membership plans available for all levels of golfers. Those interested in a membership can visit www.golfwesthaven.com for more details.

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