Machines started chewing the bent grass off Texas Star’s greens Monday, the first day of a four-month revitalization that will keep the Euless golf course closed until Oct. 1.
“Yesterday we were slammed,” said Glenda Hartsell, general manager of the city-owned course. “Everyone wanted to play with their fathers on Father’s Day, or they wanted to play the course on the last day it would be open.”
The $372,000 project will not only resurface all greens with the ultra-dwarf Bermuda called Mini Verde but will also replace the dirt that has passed for sand in 80 bunkers with crushed white quartz. Several tee boxes will be leveled and extended on the 275-acre golf course, and the No. 16 water hazard will be reworked to bring out its natural beauty and bring it more into play.
Texas Star, just off of Texas 10, is generally considered one of the top municipal courses in the state.
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“By next week, we should be able to put the tarps down and fumigate with methyl bromide, killing off the nematodes and the weeds so we start fresh amending the soil,” Hartsell said. “Hopefully, by the end of June, the soil will be ready to go. Our goal is to have all the greens planted by July 11, so they’ll be ready for play on Oct. 1, when we open.”
The grounds crew are optimistic about the grow-in, Hartsell said.
“It will be a long project, but the end result will be great and people will appreciate,” she said.
People also will appreciate the course’s new wheels, Hartsell promised.
Whether Yamaha, E-Z Go or Club Car wins the contract for 80 new golf carts, Hartsell said each cart in the fleet will be equipped with a GPS device that shows each hole in its entirety and gives yardage based on where the cart stops. They will also allow the staff to track each cart so players can be reached quickly in emergencies, and they have instant messaging so guests can be warned in cse of inclement weather.
Guests don’t have to wait until October to enjoy Texas Star’s off-course amenities. The ranges and putting greens haven’t closed, so clinics, lessons and such events as golf equipment manufacturer demonstrations will be held.
Raven’s Grille and the 7,000-square-foot Texas Star Conference Centre remain open. Also, free concerts are scheduled June 19, Aug. 21 and Sept. 13 in the 4,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion.
Terry Evans, 817-390-7620