New Appointment, Rosebud Country Club, Victoria

OCCM are delighted to announce our appointment as the consultant architects at Rosebud Country Club and will soon commence a Masterplan for the site.

MASTERPLAN

We have long admired the two courses at Rosebud, in particular the original Old Course, and have often wondered about their potential. They feature some excellent ground to play golf over, with sand and undulations in abundance and whilst the quality of the holes is generally very good, they fail to attract the same attention of the better-known courses to their North. The formation of a Masterplan will help to address this, creating a long-term vision to elevate the standard of golf.

HISTORY

We have a long history of playing golf at Rosebud and also a long relationship with the Course Superintendent – Ian Todd – with whom we undertook a very similar program of course improvements at Victoria Golf Club. All too often the lines between design and maintenance become blurred so it is important the architects and course superintendent have a close working relationship.

Rosebud is been a tremendous club with a loyal membership and we have no doubt a well executed plan has the potential to see a course ranked inside the top 50 in the Country.

 



 



 



 


Greens replacement at Victoria GC

Work commenced this week on the replacement of greens at Victoria Golf Club, converting what are predominantly poa surfaces to Pure Distinction bentgrass, a relatively new variety but one which has gained in popularity in recent times.  We have had experience with this variety at a few courses including our redesign of Royal Canberra and more recently Peninsula Kingswood.

The significance of this work is not lost of our firm with many greens (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16 and 18) among some of the oldest original surfaces on the sand-belt.  To ensure contours are correctly reinstated we have undertaken detailed surveys of each green complex and utilised some sophisticated grading equipment to attain a high degree of accuracy.

In addition to the re-instatment of the original greens the works also include some design alterations to 3 of the newer green complexes (5, 12 and 17) where our aim is to create greens and bunkers closer in style to the originals.  Tees are also being levelled with a few extra areas created and minor works to some bunkers, paths and indigenous vegetation areas.

Works are estimated to be complete by Christmas with the full course in play In February 2019.

We are also delighted with the recent news that Victoria has been awarded the Australian Open in 2022.  It will be the first time the tournament has returned in almost two decades and a fabulous way to showcase the work.

:: Mike Cocking

Shady Oaks Little Nine

The little nine at Shady Oaks opened in July 2017 – our first project in the United States.  Made famous as the practice ground where long time member Ben Hogan sought to perfect his swing, the little nine might be the ideal model for how courses should use a spare parcel of land.  As a formal course, 9 holes can be played with a combination of par three’s and short par fours, but the real fun begins when members choose to play cross country.

 

With no formal tees golfers are encouraged to be creative.  Choose a green and a starting point…use your imagination.  We’ve come up with at least 20 different holes ranging anywhere from a  60 yard pitch to a 400 yard par 4 but doubtless there are others yet to be discovered.  The only rule is that the winner of the previous hole should choose the one to follow.

 

Holes have been designed where they can be played from practically anywhere so a number of bunkers or sections of green that don’t make sense when played as a formal course will start to when play cross county.  Beyond this the little nine becomes perhaps the ultimate practice facility – with practically every shot up to 350 yards possible.  The only problem is finding a time when its quite enough to empty your shag bag.

 

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New Project Announcement :: Lan Hai

We are pleased to announce our first project in China – Lan Hai International Golf Club  A 36-hole development on Chongming Island on the Yangtze River an hour from the middle of Shanghai. Built as a links course by reclaiming material from the Yangtze River the wish of the new owners is to improve the design of the championship course.  Whilst there are some routing changes our main focus is rebuilding the greens and bunkers both to improve their shaping and to accentuate their strategic interest.  Work commenced on the ‘punchbowl’ green-site at the 9th in the first week of July and will continue for the next nine to twelve months.

 

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