PGA National Czech Republic is a new golf course which forms part of the Oaks Prague development and is due to open 9 holes and practice facility later this summer with a full 18 hole opening in summer 2020.
OAKS is a residential project which is under construction in Nebrenice, South East of Prague in the Czech Republic, which provides a sophisticated, sustainable and smart environment located in the midst of nature, but with all the conveniences of urban life.
The first phase of residential buildings and amenities will be completed in 2020. PGA National Czech Republic will be an 18-hole, Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design, golf course in the heart of the development and is one of only 8 PGA National Resorts in Europe. The course brings Kyle Philips Golf Course Design’s unique bunkering, large rolling fairways and links style characteristics to a parkland environment. The golf course weaves through mature tree lined holes and herb meadows.
PGA National Czech Republic will be operated by Troon International under their exclusive Troon Privé brand, part of the worlds largest golf management company Troon.
Jordan Fairweather, Troon Golf’s Superintendent on site explains more about the current status of the golf construction; Currently we are in phase two of the golf construction with holes 4 through 12 being shaped and seeded with final seeding on schedule to be completed by October this year. Finalising of the first phase of holes 1-3 and 13-18 will be available for play along with the driving range and short game facilities by this August and the in-house greenkeeping team are working hard to finalise grow in of the surfaces and refine them for play.
Greens are made up of a 95% sand to 5% Profile blend which provides us good control and consistency from the get-go. No organic amendments such as peat have been used. These were seeded with the creeping bent grass 007. Tees and fairways were seeded with a 50/50 Rye/Fescue mixture with 25% of the ryegrass blend being new generation “Regenerating Perennial Ryegrass” which spreads horizontally via stolons. Tees are sand specification and fairways topsoil.
All preplant fertiliser was Sustane’s 4-6-4 product which has given great benefit during the grow in stage. Some additional benefits we found using this product over other pre-plant fertilisers was the ability to apply through the hydro mulcher machines for bunkers and slopes and its ability to stick to the surface during heavy rains or slight irrigation run off on dry hard topsoil. Having signed up to the GEO Foundation as part of our drive throughout The Oaks development for sustainability and the connection to nature this product ticked all boxes as minimal loss or leaching occurred. This also reduced the need to reapply, saving man hours.
Another important part of our project was the inclusion of 7 biofilters which filter all drainage coming off the golf course, 100% capture of all drainage water being recycled back to our irrigation reservoir, the planting of 4,036 trees (6 hectares worth) and 4 hectares of wildflowers. Turf grass areas not in play or adjacent to tee grounds have been kept to hard and fine fescues to eliminate mowing and maintenance.
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