Golf Course Architecture - Issue 71, January 2023

41 TEE BOX Huxley Golf has installed new all-weather practice tees for the PGA National Academy for Scotland at Gleneagles. “Here at Gleneagles, we combine leading instruction with unrivalled practice facilities to give golfers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy the sport and grow their game in the most comprehensive and desirable surroundings,” said Matthew Reid, PGA National Golf Academy manager. “Huxley Golf ’s elite golf surfaces are a key component of us being able to deliver this service. Silent and comfortable underfoot, they look, feel and play just like natural turf, yet are so much more hard-wearing.” Huxley Golf installed its Premier Tee Turf 2 product on a practice tee measuring approximately 170 by 12 feet, and two short-game area tees. “With exceptional pile density, it sets the perfect stage and provides a superb all-weather playing surface,” said area manager Hugh Fraser. “Its unique construction enables balls to be played straight off the surface or from a tee and, because no filler is needed, there’s very little maintenance needed to keep it in tip-top condition all year round, just as visitors to this iconic venue expect.” Huxley Golf builds new practice tees at Gleneagles Aura Golf, on the island of Ruissalo, Finland, has appointed Lassi Pekka Tilander to develop a renovation plan for its course. The club’s first nine holes opened in 1969 and it expanded to 18 in 1983, becoming one of the first full-length courses in the country. “The original holes meander through a hilly landscape dotted with old oak trees, which suit a parkland course,” said Tilander. “The newer parts, on the other hand, lie mostly on flat fields previously used for farming. Apart from planting new trees, these areas have remained the same since the 1980s. “The goal is to update the strategic elements of the course to provide a better challenge. We also plan to visually integrate the younger areas of the course closer to the atmosphere of the original holes. The golf holes must be fun and fair for all golfers.” No changes will be made to the routing. The first phase of work will focus on holes six to eleven. Holes seven to eleven were among those built in 1983. Tilander hired for Aura Golf renovation