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San Remo

A proposed golf course at San Remo near Melbourne may finally be a step closer.  Ben Davey has been involved in the project for various clients for nearly 20 years.  The latest plans include the 18 hole cliff top course, a hotel and holiday villas.  Below is a photo-realistic image of the proposed 15th hole.

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Mornington Golf Club new hole

Construction is underway on the proposed ‘spare hole’ at Mornington Golf Club.  The hole plays directly at Port Phillip Bay with the Melbourne sky-line as a backdrop.  The par 3 will measure about 150m.

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Mildura Stage 4

Stage 4 of the redevelopment of Mildura Golf Course is set to commence next week with bulk earthworks for new holes 12 and 13 on a new parcel of semi-desert land adjacent to the course. Ben will visit next week.  Below are a few photos of completed Stage 2 taken a few weeks ago.

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Perth visit

Ben visited Perth last week to see how the new greens at Rottnest Island were fairing.  The course i really coming on but still requires more consistent water supply in the summer months.  The native Quakkas continue to enjoy digging up both greens and fairways, but little can be done to stop this!   The dream of building another 9 holes remains, but there will many hurdles to jump before this ever happens…

Below is the 7th and 2nd greens

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China visit

Ben visited the Beijing Golf Show in March and caught up with many of his industry friends.  He also visited their course in Xiangyang and was disappointed to see the construction has been forced to stop after the grassing of just 6 holes.  The government has embarked on a tree planting program on the site.  Very disappointing after so much hard work by the construction team!

 

Mildura 8th green

Stage 3 of the Mildura Golf Resort redevelopment is underway.  This stage includes the realignment of the 8th hole, and a new green and approach.  Eventually this hole will become a par 5 but for now remains a short par 4.

Above is a view from about 50 metres short of the green.  Below is a closer view of the green prior to final finishing and grassing.

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Xiangyang construction continues

Construction is cautiously proceeding on the first stage of the golf course which includes Holes, 1, 2, 3, 12, 13, 18 and the driving range. Several outstanding issues are delaying commencement of Holes 14-17, but they should start later this year. Bob visited the site in late September and worked with the shaper on finishing bunkers and made some minor adjustments to greens.  Sand capping and grassing has now commenced.

Below is the short par 3 2nd hole and above is the opening drive.

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Putian site visit

Ben and Jo visited Putian in July and inspected the completed 3rd nine holes, clubhouse progress and landscaping.  Ben has prepared Concept Plans for the clubhouse, driving range and entry road landscaping and circulation of cart traffic.   Although the 1st holes holes has opened, the overall development is still several years away from completion.

Photos below from left to right are: 1st hole (new 9), par 5.  Approach to 3rd hole (short par 4), Clubhouse nearing completion, Ben with the construction contractor (left) and owner, Mr Zhen

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Fushun putting course completed

Ben recently visited Fushun to mark out mowing lines on their 36 hole putting course which will open in the next few weeks within a Theme Park, which is under construction, adjacent to Davey Shearer’s golf course, which was completed in 2010.  The landscaping is complete and the course looks great and will be a lot of fun to play.  The project was really a very large landscape design project, but required lots of imagination and skill to re-shape steep hillsides into a series of creeks, ponds and landscaped areas whilst integrating playable grades into the putting surface that snakes its way through the landscape.  There is over 20,000 m2 of bent grass, making it perhaps the largest continuous area of putting surface in the world.  Below are a few photos taken in early July.

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Xiangyang project starts

Construction is underway on Stage 1 of the Xiangyang Lumen Golf Course in Hubei Province. Bulk earthworks is underway on 6 holes and shaper, Bob Keene, will arrive next week (mid July) to start shaping bunkers.  Below are a few site photos taken in early July.  Left is the 1st hole from the tee, above is computer render of 14th hole (Hewis Golf), right is the 12th hole bulk shaping from the tees, a par 4 that wraps around the lake (water level to come up about 5 metres).

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China visit

Ben has just returned from 2 weeks in China where he firstly visted Shanghai, followed by a new 27 hole project in Xiangyang (Hubei Province).  The site is the best he’s seen in some time – and there are no mountains!  From there he headed to Beijing for the 2014 Golf Show and for Toro’s 100th anniversary dinner, where he caught up with fellow architects from around the world. Next was Fuzhou (Fujian Province), before returning to Shanghai. On Saturday 22nd, Ben was a guest lecturer at Tongji University where he discussed golf course design and his views on the state of golf in China.  He returns to China late next week.

The site in Xiangyang (above)

 

 

Mildura Stage 3

Stage 3 of the redevelopment of Mildura Golf Club will commence in 2014 following very sucessful sales of housing Lots for Stages 1 and 2.  Stage 3 will include the new 7th (a new green and surrounds for a par 3), 8th (a new par 5 which includes fairways works, new tees, fairway bunkering and a new green) and 9th holes (new tees, fairway works – the new green will be part of Stage 4 or 5).  All new holes will have upgraded irrigation.  Detailed design work is underway and construction will most likely start in Spring this year.