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When assessing the greens, a number of approaches were considered including a full redesign to resurfacing only. Issues such as traditional design, pin placements, construction, location, cost, and grass types were considered. It was resolved that the club would proceed with a greens resurfacing project with only holes three and four to have significant redesign to them. The design for those greens will be provided with the consultation of the Greg Norman Design Company.Following an analysis that looked at member inconvenience and costs, it was agreed that the greens replacement will take place all at once over the period 8 August until 28 November 2011. The grass type will be selected following further observation in characteristics of the two new species used in our northern putting green (‘MacKenzie and 007)’, the nursery and from performance reviews of various species used at other clubs such as the National Golf Club.The basic work involved in resurfacing a green includes removing the turf surface and underlying thatch to a depth of 50-75mm. This will be replaced with new sand (50-75mm) plus soil amendments incorporated into the remaining soil profile. Then, the surface will be sewn with the selected bent grass with germination to start within one week and ready for play within 10 weeks, subject to favorable growing conditions.
Anthony,I played NSWGC 2 weeks ago, the Mackenzie bent has provided good coverage though there is plenty of poa in it in places. I don't imagine eradicating the poa would be a priority given the green replacements to come.I have only had a quick putt on the 007 on the northern putting green, not long after it was put back in play, was a terrific surface at that time, certainly better than what it may replace.Greg Norman Design has at least 2 projects on the go in South Oz, one in Vic. I have no idea who his man/men on the ground here are.I think this change to #3 green will be the third go at it (including the original build). I quite like #4 green, plenty of slope without the obvious contour