Type of grass - penn A1 bent
Height of cut - 3 mm
Speed/stimpmeter reading - 10’
Any specific comments - Slightly undulating greens, mainly large in size with plenty of pin positions to choose from
Type of grass - 20% Poa pratensis, 40% lolium perenne, 40% festuca rubra
Height of cut - 12 mm
General width and contouring - 25-30 m in landing areas up to 40 m in other areas
Tees / collars
Type of grass - same as fairways with more lolium
Height of cut - 7 mm
Type of grass - festuca ovina, festuca rubra
Height of cut - semi 35mm, intermediate 62mm, rough 110mm
Torrential rain in the weeks prior to the event (150mm in two days). A lot of local courses closed.
Forecast for tournament - cold, cloudy and windy with chance of thunder showers at the week end.
Opened - Autumn 2007
Course designer - Graham Marsh
Special features - environmental area created from ash pile deposits from power station
General playability - course management is a must
Undulating / flat - flat
Tree lined / exposed - tree plantations in and around lakes. Course surrounded by large areas of trees.
Many / few water hazards - one large lake, on 2 small lakes
Changes to the course - tee 16 is one of the 13th tees which makes hole another 45 yards longer. A new tee has been added to the 14th hole, making it 42 yards longer.
The course has over 95 very large and spectacular looking bunkers. One bunker is over 140 yards long with more than 15 large fingers jutting into it with 5-6 fingers coming of each of them.
Course is built on 15 meters of ash deposited in this area over a period of 40-45 years.