Inside Golf Travel : Inside Golf Travel April 2015
7 April 2015 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL Sydney where Marsh has also designed the highly rated Terrey Hills and Twin Creeks layouts. In adopting a minimalistic design, rather than a water-hungry resort style course, Marsh will allow the natural landscape to speak for itself. “ This site deserves a different approach,” said Marsh. “Every hole, apart from four that take their context from the irrigation lake, has a relationship with the gorge and a backdrop of mature trees. The site has beautiful undulating areas and we’ve created a great mix of holes -- dogleg rights and lefts, downhill, uphill, some that are dead flat and some that play across the gorge. “From each set of tees there is a challenge. On the back tees there will be plenty of championship golf but from the forward tees there will be all the challenges you would want if you were just an average player.” Though famed for his bunkering, Marsh has included only 65 in the Bingara Gorge design. “ There are so many features on this course we didn’t want the bunkering to stand out,” said Marsh. “We wanted to be able to feel the synergy between grasslands, lakes, trees and gorges.” “Every hole, apart from four that take their context from the irrigation lake, has a relationship with the gorge and a backdrop of mature trees.” The Bingara Golf Course apparently will be unique in Australia in having the initial use – at Marsh’s insistence -- of the newly developed T1 Creeping Bent grass on its large undulating greens. He has been very impressed with the use of T1 in the US and there have been glowing reports from Australian trials by the Golf Course Superintendents Association. Another interesting modern feature Bingara will boast is a variety of routing options, offering convenient three and five-hole rounds for time-poor golfers. The golf facility is being overseen by Clublinks, one of Australia’s leading golf management companies and already boasts a PGA professional in Ethan Shanahan, who trained at Concord Golf Club. While the nine-hole layout currently in play is solely for the use of residents and their guests at weekends, the opportunity for Corporate Golf events is available midweek. The facility is well-prepared to offer top- class golf days with 20 of the latest model Club Car carts, complete with the latest GPS video technology, available along with gourmet catering options. The nine-hole layout available already has a healthy GolfLink slope rating of 135 (holes 10-18 off the black tees) and with plenty of on-course watering the course is in pristine condition. Clublinks covers golf operations, course maintenance, structuring, hospitality, estate maintenance, private security, country club precinct design, business opportunities, finance and administration. A small number of privileged Bingara Gorge Community residents and their guests already have formed a golf club with popular regular weekend competitions. A spokesperson for Lend Lease said that the front nine holes will be open for play late this year or early in 2016. Judging by the golf entrée currently on offer, when the front nine holes is opened for play, The Bingara Golf Course will be a golf feast and one of Sydney’s must-play layouts. www.bingaragorge.com.au/Living-in- Bingara-Gorge/Golf-Course • The world’s most beautiful playground is calling. Play at Jack’s Point championship golf course then relax in luxury at The Rees Hotel Queenstown. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .nz for golf stay, play and dine packages.
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