The green staff at Losby Golf Club, host venue for this week’s Norwegian Challenge, have come in for some huge praise for a second time after restoring the course to superb conditions despite heavy rainfall on day one of the tournament.
The opening round had barely got underway at the stunning venue, close to the Norwegian capital of Olso, when a barrage of rain water-logged some fairways, causing much of the first round to feed over into day two.
But on the resumption of play, many players were extremely complimentary of the conditions despite the horrendous weather on the opening day.
This praise followed extremely positive comments from European Challenge Tour Tournament Director Kevin Feeney on how the staff managed to pull the course together in a short space of time following a horrendous winter at Losby, which left the course encased in ice from November to March.
“It’s remarkable how good the greens are considering the rain,” said the first round leader Ross Kellett.
“The fairways are still wet but the greens are immaculate and the tees are immaculate. The green staff have done a great job with the place. I heard there was no grass here in May so it’s been a great job to get it into this shape.
“It’s a shame about the first day after the amount of work that has gone into this course but it looks like we’ll be able to play until it’s pitch black tonight and it's really held out.”
Phillip Archer, meanwhile, was extremely complimentary of the fairways, which had become extremely soggy during the rain, after a harsh winter almost rendered the course unplayable in the weeks leading up to the tournament.
“I swam the channel and got lucky with the draw but it’s preferred lies and I think I had to pick it up only once, having hit every fairway,” said the Englishman, who was in second place after round one.
“It’s a credit to the course that it has taken that amount of rain and it hasn’t had much of an effect on it.”