Coffs Harbour Golf Club’s course supintendent Justin Sheehan surveys the result of the major earth works on the 23rd fairway.
Coffs Harbour Golf Club’s course supintendent Justin Sheehan surveys the result of the major earth works on the 23rd fairway. Trevor Veale

Fairway revamp creates a fairer result for a good drive

MORE than 1000 cubic metres of material has been moved to raise both ends of the 23rd fairway at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.

In a bid to provide a fairer landing area after a good drive on the par-4, a less dramatic drop-off from the top of the hill has been created.

The club's course superintendent Justin Sheehan said the hill in the middle of the fairway is the same height as before but the works have created

a more flowing contour that will not lead to a second shot being played from a boggy lie.

"The cross fall in the fairway will provide surface drainage across to the new path while a swale at both ends of the fairway will mean all the water from the hill on the left will now flow into the new dam in front of the tee," Sheehan said.

The right-hand side of the 23rd has been raised by 100mm and a concrete path along it is planned to be laid over the next month or so.

The dam in front of the tee has been extended by 15 metres but for the shorter hitters there will be the added bonus of the fairway being extended closer to the tee meaning they will get the chance to play from the short grass rather than the rough.

With major earth works completed, the next step is planting and growing couch grass on the fairway.

The same grass is also being planted on the 25th and 27th fairways.

The three fairways should all be back in play by mid-December.



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