FORT MILL -- Through the first several months of construction at Fort Mill Golf Course, it could be said that things are even par.
Construction is on schedule, said Gene Roper, director of golf for Leroy Springs and Company, owners of the course. The company is investing up to $2 million in the project.
"Everything is moving along as scheduled," Roper said.
The 60-year-old course is undergoing its first major renovations with the tees, bunkers and greens being brought up to USGA standards.
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Originally built in 1948, the course is one of the oldest in the area and has a strong membership base. The semiprivate course was designed by architect Donald Ross in 1948 with just nine holes. The back nine was designed by George Cobb, and opened in 1959. The par- 72 course currently plays 6,826 yards. The golf course for the most part has remained the same since it opened.
Roper said he is glad the process has been as smooth as a putting surface.
"I didn't really know what to expect," he said.
"We didn't really have any expectations."
The construction is being undertaken by Landscapes Unlimited, based locally out of Southern Pines, N.C. The construction of the course with the renovated design is coming from legendary, award-winning golf course architect Clyde Johnston.
One of the biggest changes in the course is the type of grass being applied to the greens and tees.
The tees have Celebration Bermuda grass on them and is being replaced with 419 Bermuda. The greens are going from Bent grass to a Miniverde Ultra Dwarf Bermuda.
The course should open again before the summer is over, Roper said.