Since we last saw Quail Hollow at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship, the golf course has undergone some major renovations as it prepared to host its first major championship.
As soon as James Hahn sunk his final putt on the 72nd hole to win the Wells Fargo last May, construction crews began the 12- week renovation. Three new holes were constructed, fairways were overhauled, and greens were reshaped.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest changes made to the course:
New Grass: Gone is the bentgrass on the greens, and in is a Champion Ultradwarf Bermudagrass. All 18 greens have the new Bermudagrass, which should putt about as pure as possible.
Trees Removed: In order to reshape and overhaul the golf course, thousands of trees were removed. As a result, the golf course will look a lot more wide open than it did in 2016.
New Layout and Holes: As the pros showed up this week, they saw what essentially was a brand new front nine. The first and second holes were essentially combined to make a new 540 yard par 4 first hole. A brand new par 3 was built to replace the second hole. The 5th hole was changed from a par 5 to a par 4. The back nine also saw a few tweaks, as the 11th hole received some added bunkers.