Up­grad­ing Works at TPC Kuala Lumpur on Track

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The up­grad­ing project at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s West Course is on track as it pre­pares to host the 2018 CIMB Clas­sic, the only PGA TOUR tour­na­ment in South­east Asia, later this year.

Since Novem­ber, ren­o­va­tion works to re-sur­face all the greens on the West Course with TifEa­gle Ber­muda grass, and fair­ways and tee boxes with ‘Celebration’ Ber­muda grass have pro­gressed as planned. Both kinds of grasses used are iden­ti­cal to those at TPC Saw­grass, home to THE PLAY­ERS Cham­pi­onship, which is the PGA TOUR’s an­nual flag­ship tour­na­ment in the United States.

“All 18 West greens were suc­cess­fully re-turfed in mid-March and are now in the grow­ing-in phase while the re-turf­ing ex­er­cise on six re­main­ing tee boxes and six fair­ways will be com­pleted by the end of May, pro­ceeded by a three-month grow­ing-in pe­riod,” said TPC Kuala Lumpur Head of Agron­omy, Mohd Nizam Oth­man.

By the end of Septem­ber, the West Course is ear­marked to be in prime cham­pi­onship con­di­tion to test the PGA TOUR’s lead­ing stars at the CIMB Clas­sic later in Oc­to­ber and also pro­vide TPC Kuala Lumpur mem­bers with greater play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mohd Nizam said a min­i­mum green speed of 12 on the stimp­me­ter would be achieved upon com­ple­tion of the project while the up­graded fair­ways will present a new level of firm­ness which cre­ates ideal com­pe­ti­tion con­di­tions sim­i­lar to other PGA TOUR host venues.

The ma­jor make-over at the West Course has been de­liv­ered through a joint ef­fort between TPC Kuala Lumpur, PGA TOUR and course ar­chi­tect Parslow and Win­ter Golf De­sign. Some mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude repo­si­tion­ing bunkers and cre­at­ing new tees to en­hance the orig­i­nal de­sign strat­egy off the tee.

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