RACV Royal Pines facelift begins
Graham Marsh flew in from the US last Thursday and fronted a media conference on Saturday morning during the third round of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters to discuss the latest in plans for the renovation of the RACV Royal Pines layout.
Graham Marsh Golf Design won the rights to re-design the layout over several stages as part of the five-year deal to host the PGA Championship at the resort.
Royal Pines Resort
No sooner had Cheyenne Woods lifted the trophy and completed her media commitments before leaving for next week Australian Open had the bulldozer engines been stirred to start earthmoving and tree clearing over the front nine holes used in the Ladies Masters.
Marsh’s aim is to complete the re-modelling of the first nine holes – featuring a reduction of bunkers, smaller and more challenging green designs and a more strategic use of the existing waterways – and have the new turf established in time for Adam Scott’s defence of the PGA Championship in December.
The second nine holes will be tackled once the 2015 Ladies Masters is completed next February, with the full 18 holes in play for the 2015 and subsequent PGA Championships.
RACV Royal Pines members and guests will continue to enjoy a full 18 holes throughout both phases of construction, utilising an additional nine-hole layout that Marsh also designed back in 2004.