Construction of the 36 holes putting course at Fushun, Liaoning Province, is underway at a frantic pace before winter sets in. Bob left the site last week and Ben has been handed the baton. Covering an area of about 3.5 hectares, and with ‘holes’ varying in length from 8 to 45 metres, this putting-only course may be the largest in the world.
The putting holes snake their way across a hillside and the course will form part of an enormous Theme Park that is also under construction. The Theme Park is vast and includes a hotel based on the Disney Castle, amusement rides, roller coasters, a go-cart racing track, a white water rafting course, a ski slope and much more!
The putting course is really an enormous landscape project that includes ponds, creeks, waterfalls, rocky outcrops, stone walling, bridges and of course the sometimes wild and whacky holes that have been designed as a real golf hole should be – with different options available, risk-reward, side slopes that will feed the ball around corners and lots of movement in what are usually slow putting surfaces in this part of the world.
Construction has been slowed by wet cold weather, but irrigation installation is underway with sandcapping proposed for next week. Final shaping, finishing and grassing will be done in Spring 2014 after the snow melt.