Oak Harbor to close for 2 months

Struggling greens to get new turf

By David Purdum
Slidell Sentry News
June 26, 2004

Slidell -- Oak Harbor Golf Club will be closing beginning Monday for more than two months to renovate its diseased-stricken greens, LinksCorp announced Friday.

The company has decided to replace the existing Tif Dwarf greens with the salt and drought tolerant Seashore Paspalum grass.

"We've got bad water out here with a lot of salt in it," said Oak Harbor General Manager Jamey Clark. "That makes the turf weak and diseases in the soil thrive on weak turf."

Clark said the greens had been having trouble for approximately a year and a half.

The Seashore Paspalum grass is used on ocean-side courses, such as Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleson, S.C.

Since the course was reopened in 1992 -- it was formerly Eden Isles Golf Club -- Oak Harbor has not been closed for any extended amount of time.

"It was a wise decision," said head professsional John Pact. "It had to be done."

Clark says plans are to keep all aspects of the course's layout in tact, except for the greens.

"We fully intend on the Papalum providing the best putting surface for our golfers," he added. "Providing top quality greens along with the best layout in Louisiana will continue to give the residents and tourists of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast a magnificent and affordable golf experience."

The course is scheduled to reopen in September. Oak Harbor Head Superintendent Brian Boudreaux will oversee the grow-in of the Paspalum grass.


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