The new American Dunes Golf Club, Grand Haven, Michigan, debuted as a renovation of the Grand Haven Golf Club, partially with the help of retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Construction of the new championship golf course, which opened May 2, started in April 2019. Halsey, Oregon-based DLF’s U.S. professional turf team was approached about the project by Jon Scott, formerly of the Nicklaus agronomy team. DLF and its Seed Research of Oregon team along with La Crosse Seed, provided all the grass seed for the course.
“Through the combined efforts of the SRO team, the logistical team at La Crosse Seed, and its Michigan staff, we are privileged to contribute to this wonderful project,” says Sean Chaney, DLF U.S. professional turf division vice president. “A special thanks to Jon Scott, Leah Brilman and Mike Hills for the coordinated effort. We are proud to support American Dunes.”
SRO Super Bent varieties were exclusively used on the course, including Triple Seven creeping bentgrass on the greens and Flagstick creeping bentgrass on the tees and fairways. Both varieties were selected for their superior disease resistance. In addition, Tradition fine fescue mix was seeded in the out-of-play areas for improved stabilization and appearance.
All of American Dunes’ annual profit will be given to The Folds of Honor Foundation to assist in its mission of providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. The Folds of Honor name comes from the creases in an American flag after it is lifted from the casket of a deceased soldier.