THE WOODLANDS,TX- When the Champions Tour comes to town in early May for the Insperity Championship, the players might want to land their shots a few feet short of where they did last time they were here.

That's because the Tournament Course has new greens, unveiled last week for The Woodlands Country Club member-guest event at the Village of Grogan's Mill in The Woodlands. The course shut down June 24 and reopened Oct. 3 with near-perfect MiniVerde greens, the same surface shared by Redstone Golf Club, EastLake Country Club in Atlanta and the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass.

It's the third different putting surface for the 25-year-old golf course, originally designed by Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin and later renovated by Carlton Gipson and Jeff Maggert.

In addition to the refurbishment of the greens, more than $700,000 is being spent on new cart paths, which not only benefit club members but make it easier for spectators at the tour event. The near $1 million cost is being split between Canongate and the Champions Tour event.

Still, even Champions Tour players will have trouble stopping the ball, given how firm the greens will be.


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