Strategic Design Changes to Greens, Fairways and Bunkers Improve Playability and Sustainability of 15-Year Old Course
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (April 18, 2017) – Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) – the premier signature golf course design firm in the world – announces the relaunch of Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Springfield, QLD, Australia.
Located southwest of Brisbane, Brookwater is a GNGCD original design that opened in 2002 and quickly earned a reputation for being one of the most dramatic and scenic layouts in Australia, and as such has been perennially ranked within the top 50 Australian courses. Today, the course has reopened all 18 holes after undergoing a progressive overhaul that included strategic design changes to the greens, fairways and bunkers that promises to improve playability and sustainability.
“We are delighted with what GNGCD has delivered to this already amazing golf course. Brookwater continues to thrill as a championship destination thanks to the incredibly clever design and attention to detail for players.” said Graham Dale, General Manager.
Central to the project’s scope was the resurfacing and restoration of the green complexes in an effort to return them to their original sizes, look, and feel. Fairways have also been widened and a thorough vegetation management program has eradicated overgrown foliage around the course and in waterways, opening playing corridors where encroaching limbs had started to compromise the original design intent. The drainage and irrigation systems were also significantly updated which presents an overall improvement in course conditioning that enhances the playability experience for golfers of all skill levels.
“It’s always great to come back to one of my designs and have the opportunity to modernize it and restore it to its original form, so to be able to return to Brookwater was extremely gratifying” said Greg Norman. “When redesigning a course, our focus is always to improve both the environmental and economic sustainability as well as playability, which we accomplished in spades at Brookwater.”
These enhancements were the first to the acclaimed course since it debuted 15 years ago.
A leader in international restoration and remastering, GNGCD recently celebrated the opening of its 100th course at Eastern Golf Club in Australia and currently has 42 more under contract and another 22 actively under development, including six redesign projects.
Among the firm’s 100 designs, five were included in Golf Digest’s 2016-2017 ‘World’s 100 Greatest’ rankings including No. 29 Ellerston (Australia), No. 31 New South Wales G.C. (Australia), No. 74 The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip (Vietnam), No. 84 Nirwana (Bali) and No. 97. Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course (UAE).
For more information: www.gngcd.com
About Greg Norman Golf Course Design
Since its inception in 1987, Greg Norman Golf Course Design has been one of Norman’s true passions in both business and life. His experience playing many of the world’s great golf courses over a 25-year career served as a catalyst to develop this interest and turn it into a thriving company. Today, GNGCD courses span the globe, covering six continents and 34 countries.
GNGCD’s design philosophy is grounded in a “least disturbance approach” that blends golf courses with their surrounding environment to enhance the properties’ natural features. They are highly-regarded as an industry leaders in promoting sustainability and the compatibility of golf courses with the environment, with many projects having been awarded the coveted Audubon Society Award for environmental stewardship.
Greg Norman Golf Course Design and its projects have been recognized around the globe and have garnered numerous prestigious recognitions for design including:
- The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip “World’s Best New Golf Course 2015” World Golf Awards
- Ellerston “Top 100 Courses in the World 2015” GOLF Magazine
- Almouj Golf The Wave “Top 10 Courses in the Middle East 2015” Golf Digest
- Red Sky Golf Club “Top Ten Courses in Colorado 2013” Golfweek
- The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America 2011” Conde Nast Traveler
- Tiburón Golf Club At The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort “No. 1 Golf Resort in Florida 2009” Golf Digest
- El Camaleón “Best New International Course 2007” GOLF Magazine
- Vellano Country Club “Development of the Year 2007” GOLF Inc.
- Mission Hills Golf Club “Ten Best International Courses 2004” Travel & Leisure