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Planet Golf - Our Backyard ProGrass Putting Green
Ever since I can remember I wanted a backyard putting green. Not just any green, but one with contour and slope that would allow for all sorts of putts, of both decent length and decent break. With the arrival of the synthetic putting green the dream got closer, but also more confusing. The last thing I wanted was a pancake flat green, or worse, something with a funky shape that nobody used because it was impossible to putt on. The balance is more difficult to get right with synthetic grass than real grass, because you can’t adjust mowing heights or change maintenance practices. That’s the appeal of maintenance free lawn, but it’s also the problem. The grass you install is the grass that you live with – so get your green wrong and you live with the mistake every single day.
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21 Mar
2014
Cape Wickham Golf Course – Construction Update
As was announced back in July last year, a new golf development at Cape Wickham on King Island is underway and due for completion sometime in mid-2014. The golf course currently has 10 holes grassed, with another 4 rough shaped and ready for grassing in the next few weeks. The outstanding holes will be completed in May and June, once the nesting shearwater birds have left the site and migrated to the northern hemisphere. The course will be ready for play in 2015.
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07 Jan
2014
Golf Digest World 100 Greatest Courses
According to the accompanying editorial, the very first Golf Digest World Top 100 ranking was produced via ballots completed by the magazine’s USA based judges and those associated with its 27 international affiliates.
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08 Nov
2013
Dye Designs to design London's first Dye (replica?) course
We loved this press release announcing the UK's first Dye Designs golf course so much that we decided to republish it here on Planet Golf in full. Conspicuous by its absence, was the name Pete in any of this ‘bringing Dye golf to England’ spin. No designer or architect was named on the press release, one presumes in order to cultivate the myth that this might actually be a genuine Pete ‘50 championships on my courses’ Dye deal.
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18 Sep
2013
Peninsula and Kingswood members vote to merge
Exciting news for members of the Peninsula and Kingswood Golf Clubs in Melbourne, with both sets of members voting to support a merger of the two clubs. In voting undertaken in recent days, 98% of Peninsula members supported the merger along with 63% of Kingswood members, enough for the amalgamation to proceed. Over the coming weeks and months steps will be put in place to eventually move the Kingswood members to Peninsula’s Frankston base, which has 36 holes and space to accommodate the additional golfers.
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28 Aug
2013
Lonsdale Golf Club redevelopment finally set to proceed
According to a news release from Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy, the redevelopment of the Lonsdale Golf Club is set to proceed after approval was given to rezone the existing site. The club has pursued the redevelopment for more than 10 years, and has been working with Ogilvy Clayton Golf Design on extending the golf course, maintenance facility and water storage facility into an adjoining rural property. Permission to subdivide part of the existing golf course site to create a residential subdivision was given after detailed discussions with the community and state planners. The designers at Ogilvy Clayton have spoken highly of the potential for the new Lonsdale course, and hope to begin work on the redesign in the near future.
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