Synthetic turf at Thornleigh Golf Centre
Synthetic turf is a versatile sustainable product. It can used for a myriad of applications, creating effective performance-based surfaces for a vast range of sports and green facilities. A good example of this is the Thornleigh Golf Centre to the north of Sydney, a project that was completed in 2012. Total surface area: 15,000 m². Basis: synthetic grass fibres from TigerTurf.
Every part of the golf terrain in Thornleigh, a suburb of Sydney, is based on synthetic turf: the driving range itself, the raised greens, the 56 hitting bays, as well as the sand bunkers and water hazards – all represented by appropriately coloured synthetic turf. The first of its type in Australasia, the design includes a sophisticated drainage system and an automated ball collection system that returns the golf balls to the shop.
‘The stability of the infill and synthetic turf is excellent,’ explains Paul Selig when asked. He is the club’s director and is very pleased with the performance of the turf surface and the ball roll. ‘Not only has the life of our range balls increased, but also ball loss has been reduced and ball quality improved – no mud or scratches. And we haven’t had to fertilize or mow the grass once!’
The fence installed around the driving range is considered to be the highest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.