$1m revamp for golf course
By STEVE SPINKS
THE Ballina Golf Club has some bad news for the weekend hacker ... its picturesque course is only going to get harder to negotiate.
The club announced recently it would spend $1million on developments and improvements to the course.
"Basically the plan is not to change the course layout," club president Ken Bracegirdle said.
"It will be the same as it is now. The plan is to tighten up some of the fairways, include some mounding on the fairways, put in some additional green-side bunkers and recontour some of the greens. We want to do a couple of holes over the next five years."
While Ballina is still rated one of the premier courses on the Northern Rivers, Bracegirdle said there was always room for improvement.
"It's a good golf course with a great layout, but it's been here a little over 30 years now," Bracegirdle said.
"During that time golf technology has changed, especially in clubs and balls, and the golf course has to move with the times."
Ballina has engaged Brisbane-based golf architect David Burrup for designs and he will oversee the work, which will be done by club staff.
"He's done work at Yamba and Casino and designed the new nine holes at Maclean," Bracegirdle said.
Work has already started on the sixth fairway and it will be a great example of the type of changes the development will bring.
"The existing tee has been ripped up and there are mounds of soil on the fairway for new fairway mounds," Bracegirdle said. "By November or December the work will start on the sixth green, which will be made into a two-tier green."