May 12, 2017
Naples, Florida - Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples' Black Course closed on April 17th for a golf course "remastering" project. The project is being led by the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team and Tiburón Golf Club's Director of Agronomy Jeff Cathey. The Black Course is expected to reopen for member, guest and daily-fee play this November.
During the six-month project, Tiburón's Black Course will undergo extensive greens, turf, irrigation and bunker renovations. Green surrounds and approaches will be reconfigured to create more strategic shot options for players and will be re-grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass. Greens will feature Tiff Eagle Bermuda. Family tees will also be added, giving members and guests with children another option to play the course at approximately 4,000 yards. The Greg Norman-designed Black Course originally opened in 2001.
"Our Black Course at Tiburón is a favorite of members and guests," said Kevin DeDonato, PGA, general manager, Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. "This remastering project will allow us to offer consistent and spectacular playing conditions throughout the year, while also improving an already incredible layout."
Tiburón Golf Club's Gold Course underwent a similar remastering project in 2016 that was also led by the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team. During the Gold Course remastering, crews reconstructed many of the original stacked sod wall bunkers with a striking new synthetic sod wall bunker system by Durabunker. Tiburón is the first LPGA and PGA TOUR venue to use the new Durabunker product. Durabunkers will not be used on the new Black Course; instead bunker faces will be lowered with a more gradual pitch, creating a distinct look between the two courses.
Tiburón, which is Spanish for shark, is home to the LPGA Tour's CME Group Tour Championship and the PGA TOUR's QBE Shootout. The CME Group Tour Championship has been hosted at Tiburón since 2013 and the Shootout has been played at Tiburón since 2001.`