Sandhills Sentinel is providing regular tips from local golf pros on how to improve your game. Here, Mike Asbury, assistant golf professional at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, offers insight about the importance of reading the green.

A pro at Mid Pines for more than two years, Asbury played collegiately at Winston-Salem State University, where he lettered all four years. In 2011, he tied for 18th, with Hampton’s Javier Lopez, at the 25th PGA Minority Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management. The 54-hole tournament was held at PGA Golf Club.

Asbury, originally from Winston-Salem, attended Parkland High School. 

What’s something most people don’t know? When you’re putting on a Bermuda green, look for the rough edge of the cup. That tells you which way the grass is growing and which way to putt.

Asbury also said the shade of the grass holds clues.

When the shade is darker, it means you’re putting into the grain. It’s going to be fairly slow. The lighter the shade, it means the putt will be much faster.

Designed by the legendary architect Donald Ross, Mid Pines remains as Ross built it in 1921. It was restored by Kyle Franz (KMF Golf Design) in 2013. That restoration was named GOLF Magazine’s Best U.S. Resort Renovation and Restoration of the Year.

Mid Pines is located at 1010 Midland Road in Southern Pines.

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Courtesy photo of Mike Asbury.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Dave Lukow.

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