New synthetic greens for Nambucca Bowling Club
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
WORKhas commenced on the installation of two synthetic greens at Nambucca Bowling Club.
The project, which will utilise synthetic greens provided by manufacturer Green Gauge, is expected to be completed within five weeks at a cost of around $400,000.
Greens similar to those to be provided at Nambucca Heads have proved to be tremendously popular in Queensland and Western Australia and have also been installed at Warilla, Muswellbrook and Newcastle.
Nambucca though will have the honour of being the first club on the Mid North Coast to use these types of greens.
Nambucca Heads Bowling Club Ltd chairman, John Hunt, said the synthetic greens would run between 15 and 16 seconds and take the same draw on both hands.
"The synthetic greens can be stretched to adapt to any speed required and between 15-16 seconds is popular with bowlers," he said. Hunt said he had first hand experience bowling on these types of greens as his son is the greenkeeper at North Mackay.
Nambucca Heads Bowling Club first mooted the idea of using synthetic greens in 2000.
However there were concerns expressed by some members as to damage caused by the older sand-filled style of synthetic greens operating in Victoria which were scratching the bowls.
The new synthetic greens feature a woven carpet style which does not scratch bowls.
More than 100 Nambucca Heads Bowling Club members attended a memorial service for the old greens on Thursday with one of the greens stripped of turf over the weekend ringing out the old and bringing in the new.
The second green will be ripped up on Thursday morning.
Hunt said the synthetic greens would provide many advantages.
Play can start earlier in the morning and there is less delay using the greens after wet weather.
The greens will also provide the club with reduced costs in the area of preparation and maintenance.
"The synthetic greens also give us the chance to diversify our areas of income instead of relying on poker machines," Hunt said.
The synthetic greens will come with new bowls furniture and lights which will enable to club to provide evening bowls events.
"We are also going to look at featuring more carnivals to make maximum use of the new greens," he said.