Yesterday afternoon (29 May 2019) Jacqui and I had a knock around on a very quiet course in terms of the number of players. However there was a lot of activity taking place. With lorries carrying sand backwards and forwards between the open and closed parts of the course.
The top photo shows where the sand was coming from - the pond between holes 7 and 8 on the Master 3 (Classic) course. This pond is being made much bigger.
The bottom two photos shows where some of the sand was used - on the practice green. It has also been used to fill in some of the areas on the 14th fairway where the ground has been dropping a little.
Read More for a bit more detail on what is going on with the course.
By chance I bumped into Juan (the caddy master) when we popped into the clubhouse earlier today (30 May 2019). To pick up the list for Friday golf tomorrow. I asked him how things were going with the course.
We chatted for some time about the design of the new greens. Some key things mentioned were:
- On the latest greens to be replaced they are using plastic as a barrier to stop the grass from the fairways and fore-greens encroaching on to the greens. You can see this in the photos above.
- The plans are to try to make the fore-greens on the Master (1 & 2) course harder than at present. So people can land the ball short of the green and it can roll on.
- The position of the sprinklers around the greens is limiting what can be done to change the shape of the bunkers close to the greens. So they are having to be inventive about the design of the greens, fore-greens and surrounding areas. One suggested example was plans for the bunker in front of the 12th. Removing it completely may not be possible. So Juan is looking at other ways in which to make this hole a fair one once the new harder greens have been laid.
- The contours of a lot of the greens will be different from the current design.
- A number of the new greens will have slight down slopes on to the greens at the sides and back of the greens. To try to stop the ball from rolling off the greens when they are new and very firm. This is different from the current greens on the Master 3 (Classic) course. Where a lot of the sides of the greens have slopes carrying the ball off the greens.
My thanks to Juan for spending some of his time explaining to me what is happening at the moment.