A fair way to keep down the cost of course main­te­nance

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Do you no­tice any­thing dif­fer­ent about the golf course pic­tured above? It has greens, fair­ways, a bit of rough and a some sand traps to chal­lenge the play­ers. The big dif­fer­ence with this golf course is that the play­ing sur­face is fully syn­thetic - so not one drop of water is needed to keep it green. Pri­vately owned and lo­cated at Al Madam in the emi­rate of Sharjah, it is the world’s first SYNLawn nine-hole course cre­ated us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial turf. Opened in Jan­uary this year, the wa­ter­less course was built by ASI Astro, a com­pany that has also in­stalled ar­ti­fi­cial sports pitches at schools in Dubai. In­cluded in the course’s de­sign are five SYNLawn prod­ucts de­vel­oped by golf guru Dave Pelz in­clud­ing tee, fringe, fair­way, rough and the shot­stop­per greens. So how does the course play? We spoke to Si­mon Bach, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of ASI Astro Group, to find out. “The course was orig­i­nally built 11 or 12 years ago with nat­u­ral grass, but that part of Sharjah lost all its water and the course died,” said Bach. “So the owner de­cided to con­vert the whole golf course and it took about a year. “What peo­ple gen­er­ally say are the fair­ways are quite quick and the greens have the shot­stop­per on it to kill the bounce. “It does play like a golf course and feels quick like a links course. A few golf pros said it’s not bet­ter or worse, it’s just dif­fer­ent.”

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