Rottnest Island site visit (8-9th July)
On Monday 8th July Ben visited Rottnest Island for what is likely to be the final construction visit. Construction of all 9 greens, plus the 1500m2 putting green, is complete and grassing is underway using Velvetine paspalum – a variety developed in Western Australia. Stage 1 of the redevelopment included new greens and tees but no work was done to any of the existing fairways – except trenching for irrigation. Due to inadequate water availability (until the upgrade of a treatment facility is complete), a very tight budget, timing of completion (winter), and the logistics of getting materials to the island, only greens and tees can be be irrigated at this stage. Tim Lovell oversaw much of the construction, and grow-in is being supervised by Peter Fleming, formerly of Burswood Country Club.
Ben said that “the routing of the old course has not changed, but the course will play very differently now that it has a variety of tee positions and ‘real’ greens. The greens have been designed to allow for plenty of pin positions, but if your’e on the wrong part of a green, there is a lot of movement and youll have a tough putt. I think the greens will be a lot of fun”.