Maintaining Southeast Asia’s first proper links

 

A brand-new Vietnam golf course is betting on Zeon zoysiagrass — and a skilled superintendent — to deliver firm and fast conditions in the tropical environment.

GCM June 19, 2019 | Hal Phillips

Superintendent Rob Weiks has been looking after golf courses in the tropical maelstrom of Vietnam since 2010. Throughout the course of his career, growing-in five courses and tending separately to half a dozen finished tracks, the native Australian has dealt extensively with the two warm-season grasses traditionally used in Southeast Asia: the various modern strains of bermudagrass and paspalum.

“I was actually sort of seen as a paspalum specialist,” says Weiks. “I was at Van Tri Golf Club in Hanoi — that was paspalum, Sea Isle 2000 and Salam. I went to Star Golf, which was all bermuda. Then I went and did some cool-season stuff. But then I did the grow-in at Saigon Golf Club with paspalum, and bermuda greens. I got that job because of my experience at Van Tri. When the Saigon GC job dissolved, I got the job at Twin Doves (Golf Club), which was all Platinum paspalum.” Continue reading

Adare Manor named world’s best hotel for 2018

AWARDS KEEP COMING FOR ADARE MANOR AFTER ‘HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2018’ WIN AT THE VIRTUOSO ‘BEST OF THE BEST AWARDS’

-Ireland’s 5* castle and golf resort receives global recognition at world’s biggest luxury travel trade show-

Limerick, Ireland (Thursday, 16th August 2018) – 5* hotel and golf resort, Adare Manor, has been declared ‘Hotel of the Year 2018’ in the highly competitive and globally renowned Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards 2018’.

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Tom Fazio discusses his firm’s work at Adare Manor

By Toby Ingleton, Thu 08 Feb, 2018

This article first appeared in issue 51 of Golf Course Architecture.

What do you consider to be the most significant features of this project?

Adare Manor has always been a great fun place to stay and enjoy Irish hospitality with a beautiful setting along the River Maigue. The challenge was to create a course that tourists would want to play on a golf trip to Ireland, which is known for oceanfront, windswept links golf. To accomplish this task on an inland site which is definitely not links, we went the other way and created a strategic, park-style championship venue that will be meticulously manicured. Most golfers will have never seen anything like this course. It is unique and special, with its own very distinctive Irish vegetation and wildlife. Through extensive redesign and shaping of every hole and installing 135 acres of drained, sand-capped, fast and firm, low cut turf, wall to wall, this golf course looks and plays like no other course in Ireland.

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Strengthening Turfgrass

Turfgrass appoints new Senior Agronomy Consultant

(Wicklow, Ireland) 4th August 2017. Turfgrass, the specialist golf course project management and agronomy company, are pleased to announce its recent appointment of Trevor Norris as Senior Agronomy Consultant. Trevor will be working alongside the Director of Agronomy, Julian Mooney and supporting the Managing Director, John Clarkin on numerous Golf projects across the company’s client portfolio.

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Braemar Golf Partner with Turgrass to Elevate LaLargue

Braemar Golf have teamed up with the industry leading Turfgrass, to assist Golf Club de LaLargue with their vision to elevate their golf course to one of the best conditioned and presented in their region of France and Switzerland.

Golf Club de LaLargue, a Swiss Club but located in the Alsace region of France, have recently appointed a new General Manager, Graham Stewart, and developed a strategic business plan to develop and enhance the club into one of the top clubs in the region and the country. A major part of this is to review and improve the condition and presentation of the golf course.

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Ground has been broken on Henrik Stenson’s first golf course

Golf Course Architect Christian Lundin with Henrik Stenson

Golf Course Architect Christian Lundin (left) with Henrik Stenson

Last summer, Stenson, the Champion Golfer of the Year and winner of the Race to Dubai 2016, announced the beginning of a new era when he formed his own golf course design firm and at the same time signed his first contract in the design business to do a major redesign of Österåker Golf Club outside Stockholm, Sweden.

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