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Friday, 19 March 2010

Course
Opened –  1990
Course Designer – Hubert Chesneau with Robert Van Hagge as a consultant.
Special Features - Stadium style course with lots of elevated viewing positions.  Water is very much a feature especially over the closing holes which are something of an amphitheatre with water coming in to play on 13, 15, 16 and 18, as well as 1 and 2.
General Playability - Always a good test, the rain forecast for the next few days will probably leave the greens quite receptive.
Undulating/Flat – Quite a lot of undulation.
Treelined/exposed - Mostly exposed.
Many / few water hazards - Many, see special features above.
Changes to the Course – New tee on hole 7 adding just a few metres in length but a line of play from the tee.

Greens
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and bent grass
Height of cut - 3mm
Speed/stimp reading – 10' 8"
Any specific comments – Fairly generous but a lot of movement in many of them.

Fairways
Type of grass – Mix of bent and fescue
Height of cut – 12mm
General width and contouring – Average width but a lot of movement through the drive zone means that they play narrower.
Any specific comments - none

Tees
Type of grass – Mix of Poa Annua and bent grass
Height of cut - 8mm
Any specific comments – none

Collars
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and bent grass
Height of cut – 8mm
Any specific comments – none

Rough
Type of grass – Mix of Fescue/ Rye grass
Semi-rough - Height of cut – 1.8m wide at 30mm
Intermediate – Height of cut – 3m wide at 64mm
Rough - Height of cut – Maintained rough at 100mm (Unmaintained outside of this)
Any specific comments – Very dry conditions leading up to the event has left the maintained rough thinner than hoped for.

Weather
In advance – No rain for about 4 weeks although some rain now over Sunday – Tuesday.
Forecast for tournament – Partly sunny with light winds and highs of 27 degree. Chance of storms on Sunday.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BICKERTON, JohnENG18-11
2HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-10
T3FRASER, MarcusAUS18-8
T3POULTER, IanENG18-8
T3CAMPBELL, MichaelNZL18-8
6HANSEN, AndersDEN18-7
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