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Friday, 19 March 2010

Course
Opened –  2003
Course Designer – Colin Montgomerie in Association with Stan Eby of European Golf design
Special Features - The course is acclaimed as something of an inland links.  Unusally deep bunkers for a modern course
General Playability - The course is known to be very tough and with any kind of a wind will present a seriously stern challenge.  Greens are hard, fast and designed to feed poor shots into very protective and deep greenside bunkering.
Undulating/Flat – limited undulation
Treelined/exposed - EXPOSED
Many / few water hazards - Only marginally in play on 1, 17 and 18.
Changes to the Course – Some fairway reshaping further to comments from 2005 but otherwise no changes.

Greens
Type of grass - Creeping bent grass  A1 /A4
Height of cut - 3mm
Speed/stimp reading – 10' 6 to 11'
Any specific comments – Greens have considerable slopes and feed off into very deep bunkers. Very precise approach shots will be required to hold many of the greens.  Speed will be controlled to accommodate typical high winds.

Fairways
Type of grass – Ryegrass / fescue
Height of cut – 10mm
General width and contouring – AVERAGE
Any specific comments - Not many straight tee shots. A lot of holes will require very precise direction of the tee or ideally the tee shots shaped to match the direction of the fairway.

Tees
Type of grass – Ryegrass / bent/ fescue
Height of cut - 8mm
Any specific comments – none

Collars
Type of grass - Ryegrass / bent/ fescue
Height of cut – 8mm
Any specific comments – none

Rough
Type of grass – Ryegrass
Semi-rough - Height of cut – 1.8m wide at 35mm
Intermediate – Height of cut – 1.8m wide at 64mm
Rough - Height of cut – Maintained rough at 100mm (Unmaintained outside of this)
Any specific comments – Due to the firmness and design of the greens any loss of control will make it very hard to hold the greens so the rough will be very penal in this regard.

Weather
In advance – Very mixed but 1 inch of rain fell in one and  a half hours on Friday during thunderstorms which washed out over 30 bunkers requiring a very large operation to re establish into tournament condition.
Forecast for tournament – Essentially a wet and windy week.  Relatively mild.

 

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BJÖRN, ThomasDEN18-5
2CASEY, PaulENG18-4
3CLARKE, DarrenNIR18-3
4HEDBLOM, PeterSWE18-2
T5WALL, AnthonyENG18-1
T5DREDGE, BradleyWAL18-1
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