Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette : 2018-12-13

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MIRAGE COUNTRY CLUB NEWS Invasive vegetation The Driving Range In line with bringing the Course back to resemble its original appearance, work has been carried out to remove undergrowth, weed and unwanted vegetation that has built up over the years. The Aquatic Driving Range, one of only a few throughout the country, was reopened in February 2018. Two extra holes With the Mossman Gorge as the backdrop, and adjacent to the Oasis Bar and lap pool, it is the ideal setting for golfers of all ability, whether perfecting your swing under the watchful eye of PGA teacher Rob Brydon, warming up before a round, or entertaining the whole family. To enable the Course to have eighteen holes in play at all times, work is underway with the construction of two extra greens along the current layout. The third and seventh Championship tees have been reclaimed and returfed, bringing all 18 blue tees back into play. Open to the public, buckets of floating balls come in a variety of sizes with clubs included in the cost. By early 2019 these two greens will be in play, allowing the renovation and returfing of the original greens to be carried out without interruption to ground crew or golfers. Cleaning of the lakes One of the first projects undertaken in 2017 was the clearing of excessive vegetation from the lakes system around the tenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth holes. The melaleuca tree in the fairway on the seventh has recently been relieved of its strangler fig overcoat and work will commence next week on a similar project on the funnel at the fourth fairway to open up that area. 18 new putting surfaces The works were carried out by local contractors who took about a month to complete the job. The Mirage was opened in 1988 and the life span of the original putting surfaces are coming to an end. One by one all 18 greens will be re grassed with Tifeagle, the strain of turf used 30 years ago in the construction of the Course. The end result is reminiscent of the original appearance of the water hazards in play on these holes, as well as assisting and helping with identifying water flow and drainage issues associated with the area. A new practise area including chipping and bunker facilities has recently been completed with the green featuring the first of the new putting surfaces to be laid in future. CRGE01Z01MA - V1

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