Thursday, 03 September 2009

Greens
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and Bent grass
Height of cut - 2.5mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - 11'
Any specific comments - Quite small and redesign means that many of the greens have run offs all around which makes them very hard to hit and stay on

Fairways
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and Rye grass
Height of cut - 11mm
General width and contouring - Average width but due to mountainside location many are either severly uphill or downhill

Tees / Collars
Type of grass - Mix of Poa Annua and and Bent grass
Height of cut - semi 1.8m wide at 32mm, intermediate 1.8m wide at 60mm, rough outside of this rough 100mm
Any specific comments - Rough is not particularly penal

Weather
Weather in advance - Hot and dry
Forecast for tournament - Mild with some rain, possibly heavy at times

Course
Opened - 1908
Course designer - Fremantle and Gedge, then redesigned by M Nicholson in 1929 and Severiano Ballesteros in 1999
Special features - The 5th and 6th are drivable par 4s although very tight, so a risky play and the 7th is a drivable par 4 for everyone although out of bounds is quite close on the right of the green
General playability - The course plays quite tough with the design and firmness of the greens which shed the balls if not properly controlled and the ball travels at least another 10% at this altitude
Undulating / flat - Very undulating
Tree lined / exposed - Tree lined in most places
Many / few water hazards - A few hazards most noticably on holes 14 and 18
Changes to the course - A newly designed water hazard at the front of the 18th green

Other features
The most stunning venue on Tour with views up to the Pleine Morte Glacier and across the mountain ranges and valley below the 7th tee

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