Golf Course Architecture - Issue 75, January 2024

Photo: Sports Turf Solutions Blue Canyon regrasses Canyon course Blue Canyon in Phuket, Thailand, has regrassed its Canyon course. Work involved replacing tees and surrounds with Stadium Zoysia, fairways with Zeon Zoysia and greens with TifEagle bermuda. The new grass varieties will enhance the visual appeal of the course and provide better playing surfaces. “Blue Canyon is one of the latest golf facilities in Asia that will produce the best playing conditions while saving money by mowing less, fertilising less, almost eliminating all pesticides, and saving water,” said Brad Burgess of Sports Turf Solutions. “The vision of the club is demanding higher playing standards in order to raise the membership value, bring back major events and restore the prestigious Blue Canyon brand to its glory days.” A new 40-acre academy designed by James Edwards and Tim Lobb has opened at Somabay Golf Club in Hurghada, Egypt. It joins a nine-hole par-three layout designed by Edwards and Tim Lobb and an 18-hole course from Gary Player Design. “For the academy we had a relatively flat sand parcel with a high point in the middle and the facility running all the way around that high point,” said Edwards. “The short game has always been undersold and under-designed. We were lucky enough to be able to create a 5,000-square-metre green that could accommodate multiple zones – we have designed 27! The 360-degree nature of the facility is what’s important because each person can rotate around it like a clock.” Sombay selected Pure Dynasty from Atlas Turf International and Pure Seed for the short course and academy. “The grass has performed very well,” said Lobb. “Coverage is quite consistent and is not grainy. Putting on the Pure Dynasty is superb.” New academy unveiled in Egypt Blue Canyon has regrassed fairways with Zeon Zoysia, surrounds with Stadium Zoysia and greens with TifEagle bermuda TEE BOX Photo: James Edwards 31