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Wednesday, 07 June 2006

Course
Opened – 1997
Course Designer – Doug Carrick
Special Features -
General Playability - The course will play long due to heavy rain
Undulating/Flat - It is a flat site but the fairways and greens are quite undulating
Treelined/exposed - Exposed
Many / few water hazards - Water hazards in play on holes 2, 3, 7, 8,
9, 10,11, 16, 17 & 18
Changes to the Course – New back tees on holes 4, 12 & 14. Hole 8 had a double fairway last year. The fairway to the right of the water hazard is no longer maintained as such and has been left as rough. This means players have to play the hole to the fairway in the left making the hole much longer.

Greens
Type of grass - providence (bent grass)
Height of cut - 2.4mm
Speed/stimp reading – Monday 12.2'
Any specific comments – big and undulating greens

Fairways
Type of grass – penncross & penneagle (bent grasses)
Height of cut – 9.5mm
General width and contouring – quite wide but narrower than last year(see below)
Any specific comments -

Tees
Type of grass – penncross & penneagle (bent grasses)
Height of cut - 8mm

Collars
Type of grass  – penncross & penneagle (bent grasses)
Height of cut – 8mm

Rough
Type of grass – smooth stalked meadow grass
Height of cut Semi-rough – 30mm
Height of cut Intermediate – 64mm
Height of cut Rough - 95mm
Any specific comments – the rough is very consistent

Weather
In advance – Heavy rain Saturday prior (50mm) & Monday of tournament week
Forecast for tournament – Scattered showers expected Tuesday & Wednesday, dry and sunny Thursday & Friday, Chance of showers and isolated Thunder storm Saturday, dry & sunny Sunday

Other Features
All fairways have been narrowed substantially from last year. As the fairway grasses and the rough grasses are different  the narrowing has been achieved by turfing the sides of the fairways with rough grass. The club has a 3 year master plan to toughen up the course by building new back tees and fairway bunkers as with the narrowing of the fairways some original fairway bunkers are out of play.

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