Bigger greens, elevated tees - and one hole that begins in the middle of a salt lake - will be the key features of a redesigned Rottnest Island golf course.
Former Australian Open winner Bob Shearer and experienced designer Ben Davey have completed their plans for the 60-year-old course, which will be irrigated using recycled waste water. The upgraded nine-hole course is the centrepiece of the State Government's strategy to increase visitors to the island during the quieter winter months.
The $300,000 irrigation project will mean the greens will be grassed instead of covered in white sand. Speaking from Victoria, Mr Davey said he was confident the new design would be of interest of a wide range of golfers, from regular players to those who were looking to do something a bit different while they were on holiday.
He said they had kept to the basic layout of the historic course to avoid removing established trees, but the greens were considerably bigger and several tees had been pushed back and elevated to the top of surrounding dunes. And while the course would not have formal bunkers, large areas of sand would be created on most holes.
A timber bridge would be build out to a small island on Garden Lake, where the tee for the second hole will be located. Mr Davey said that, while the course was only nine holes, many of the greens would be big enough to accommodate two flags - for golfers playing 18 holes.
A tender will soon be called for the construction of the redesigned course which Tourism Minister Kim Hames hopes will be completed by the start of winter next year. Meanwhile, golf professional Nigel Williams has been appointed to manage the course and associated club facilities.
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