Friday, 19 March 2010

Course
Opened – 2000
Course Designer – Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Special Features - Plenty of water hazards
General Playability - Fairways are quite generous
Undulating/ flat - Fairly flat
Tree lined/exposed - Exposed
Many / few water hazards - Plenty of water hazards on the course in play on holes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17
Changes to the course - 16th fairway has been narrowed at landing area. Back tee on hole 15 will be used for 1st time.

Greens
Type of grass - Bermuda Tiff Dwarf
Height of cut - 3.2 mm
Speed/stimp reading – 9.6 on Monday
Any specific comments – The aim is to achieve 10.6 by Thursday

Fairways
Type of grass – Bermuda 419
Height of cut – 13 mm
General width and contouring –  Quite wide.
Any specific comments - The ball doesn’t roll a lot on these fairways due to grass type.

Tees
Type of grass – Bermuda 419
Height of cut - 8 mm
Any specific comments - Back tee on hole 15 (240 yds) will be used for the 1st time at the TCL Classic

Collars
Type of grass - Bermuda 419
Height of cut – 8 mm
Any specific comments -

Rough
Type of grass – Bermuda 419
Semi-rough - Height of cut – 25mm
Intermediate Height of cut – N/A
Rough - Height of cut – 100mm / beyond this there are areas of un-maintained long native grass
Any specific comments – The rough is much higher then last year and will be punishing.

Weather
In advance – Dry and warm.
Forecast for tournament – Sunny, hot (30-33c) – Breezy (SSE) from Thursday

Other Features
The greens are difficult to read due to grass type. They are also quite small and undulating.

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T4NASH, SimonAUS18-16
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