The wait is almost over for members and guests of Jurong Country Club in Singapore as their golf course redevelopment project nears completion. Begun in 2010, the Ted Parslow redesign features a complete renovation of the course including the conversion of all greens and tee boxes to Platinum TE Paspalum. The first nine holes reopened to the public in May of 2011, with the remaining nine holes of the championship course expected to be completed by the middle of 2012.
Weather and play conditions in Singapore require careful consideration when selecting golf course turfgrass. Heat, humidity, extreme rainfall, and periodic low light influence the turf growing environment. Add in the heavy golf traffic of this extremely popular club (which offers golfers nearly around the clock access through state-of-the-art lighting for night golfing). The result is a turfgrass challenge. Jurong Country Club chose Platinum TE Paspalum for the greens and tees not only due to performance attributes, but also for its aesthetics.
“The rich green colour of the Platinum Paspalum gives a good contrast against the fairways and roughs,” said Kok Cheong Ming, Golf Course/ Project Manager of Jurong Country Club. “As this turf is thick, it provides a consistent playing surface. Platinum Paspalum too has shown to be more resistant to changes in the weather because of its root system which is dense.”
Ted Parslow of EGP Golf Course Architecture is responsible for the redesign. Construction services are provided by TEHC International under the direction of Project Manager Mick Kelly. Dennis Tan is the General Manager, and Kok Cheong Ming is the Golf Course/ Project Manager of Jurong Country Club.
Photo courtesy of Jurong Country Club.