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Southwest Greens wins ‘Olympic Gold’

7.15am 2nd November 2006 - Course Development

Southwest Greens, a leading UK supplier of superior synthetic golf greens, will this month complete the installation of a sensational new short-game zone at a popular Kent driving range.
The 3,000 sq ft project at the 26-bay Olympic Driving Range at Swanley includes bunkers and rough and is the latest in a string of high-profile installations carried out by Southwest Greens recently – at venues such as Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club, Old Thorns Hotel and Golf Club, Foxhills Golf & Country Club, Nailcote Hall Golf & Country Club and Urban Golf’s new Smithfields indoor venue in London.
Using the high-quality Pro System, featuring a superior polypropylene putting surface and polyethylene light rough and fringe, the short game zone at Olympic Driving Range will offer an all-year practice area for golfers and will also be used in the training of PGA pros.
Matt Leslie, of Southwest Greens UK, said, “We are delighted to be involved in the Olympic Driving Range project, which is another important installation for us and reinforces our ability to deliver the ultimate in bespoke synthetic greens.
“Our Pro System green is firmly established as the best synthetic green in the market, and this installation starts to address the lack of year-round short game practice areas available to golfers.
“I am sure many other ranges, academies and clubs will be interested in the excellent quality and durability offered by the Pro System.”
The Southwest Greens Pro System means a golf centre can create a world-beating synthetic short-game practice facility that bears all the hallmarks of top quality real turf green – but with a fraction of the running costs.
The end result is a low-maintenance, all-weather, hardwearing golf green that looks, feels and performs just like the real thing. Golfers can practice putts of all lengths and difficulty and the greens can be contoured with realistic breaks, tiers, swales and other contouring details.
The addition of light rough surrounds and bunkers mean that any golf venue can create a superb putting or short-game area. Since the turf is synthetic, these greens can be constructed almost anywhere, including areas with poor soil conditions or shaded areas.
Southwest Greens Pro System greens also have excellent shot-holding capabilities and can receive a shot realistically from any distance without suffering from pitch marks. Green speeds can be adjusted according to customer requirements, all the way from 8 right up to 13 on the stimpmeter.
As the greens are made from simulated bent grass, they approximate extremely well to real greens, with a true roll and a natural ball reaction. But unlike real greens they have the added advantage of being low maintenance, all weather and capable of handling high traffic. They also don’t need a bedding-in period and are ready to use the instant the installation is complete.
Southwest Greens is a world market-leader in the development and installation of synthetic surfaces for golf, with more than 7,000 installations worldwide and a client list including 30 PGA tournament professionals, including Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Tim Clark, Dave Toms, Chris DiMarco and US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.
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