Golf Industry Central Autumn 2012 - Page 30

Course Development News Back then the club had a rich growing up with such seasoned a golfing major and as David Bell history of well known golfers like performers. puts it, “it is fantastic that one of Sommie Mackay and Australian Virginia’s favourite sons and one of Amateur Champion Jack Rayner as I still have a strong tie to the club our two Major Champions can now well as a new member who would so it is with great pleasure and play a leading part in improving the go on to be the No. 1 player in the excitement that I look forward to Course of Champions for a whole world, Greg Norman.” Wayne said. working on the Masterplan for the new generation of champions!”. refurbishment and upgrading of a He added “There were many other Club that has played such a big part strong players and making the in my life.” club’s pennant side was no easy feat. Many went on to represent Virginia Golf Club believes it is the Queensland so on reflection you only Golf Club in the world that can could say that although difficult it boast that two of its former Club was a great learning experience Champions have gone on to win New South Wales Golf Club – Green Renovations Complete Ranked among the finest golf combination allowed for a very Barry Breen, the cluIo’s President courses in the world and with quick turn around with extremely explained: “I am extremely pleased the most spectacular views in good results. All of the greens work with the outcome of this project. Australian golf, New South Wales was undertaken in-house by the In cooler than expected climate Golf Club has completed a major Course Superintendent and his staff. conditions, the greens have grown greens resurfacing project which in at an exceptional rate. We are will further enhance the playing While the resurfacing program was delighted to see the new bent experience for members and guests. in progress, a number of greens greens putting so well and requiring were slightly modified to defend less maintenance in the long run”. Over the last several years, the themselves in heavy winds and course faced serious challenges with provide more pin placements, NSW Golf Club is pleased to have its predominantly poa greens, some while maintaining their traditional the course in such terrific condition which were over 2O years old. character. going into summer and is excited After researching and studying the This period also gave the sensational playing surfaces with growing habits of several species, opportunity to redesign the green the outstanding views and natural the decision to use ‘Mackenzie bent’ site of holes three and four and setting that playing La Perouse grass was made by the Board with also add some more character to offers. construction beginning in August the fourth fairway. Greg Norman’s and completed in December 2011. organisation Greg Norman Golf about the proposition of linking Course Design, who have been Twelve of the greens were seeded working with the club for over 10 and six were turfed from the club’s years as consulting architects, recently expanded nursery. This assis