First Phase of Laem Chabang Facelift Completed

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The first phase of the renovation of Laem Chabang International Golf Club’s 27 holes has been completed.

Venue for the Asian Golf Industry Federation’s (AGIF) 2018 Turfgrass Management Exposition, the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus layout is in the process of undergoing a dramatic facelift to all three of its nine-hole layouts, aimed at reinforcing the club’s reputation for excellence.

The renovation of the Mountain Course, the first phase of the Laem Chabang project, began in March and is now complete with the opening scheduled for the first week of November.

With Flagstick to the fore, extensive work was carried out on greens and tees while bunkers have been completely rebuilt, adding sub-drainage, liner and new bunker sand.

Furthermore, completely new irrigation has been installed around the greens, new sprinkler heads installed throughout the golf course and two new irrigation pump stations have been added.

That’s not all. As well as building a new putting and chipping green complex, all existing grass on the course was stripped and replaced with TifEagle on the greens and Zeon Zoysia everywhere else.

“We also added a couple of new tees and bunkers … and closed in a few bunkers – all to enhance playability strategy,” said Martin Moore, President of Flagstick.

“To work on this iconic course is a privilege. It’s been a wonderful team effort from all those involved with the renovation, which will, undoubtedly, serve to cement Laem Chabang’s standing among the finest golf clubs in the region,” he added.

Renovation of the Lake Course and Valley Course will be undertaken in 2019 and 2020.

Surahan Wongwasin, President, Laem Chabang International Country Club, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Flagstick for the upgrade works on the Mountain Course. The excellent quality of work completed within the short timeframe is testament to the experience and dedication to the project of Martin and his team.

“We look forward to welcoming our members and guests in November to experience the new design enhancements and exceptional conditioning at Laem Chabang.”

Held under the auspices of the Thai Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (TGCSA), the Expo was part of a three-day gathering in the Central Thai beach resort in March that was highlighted by a high-profile conference on Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia.

The conference at Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel was organised by the TGCSA for the Thailand Golf Association, with support from The R&A and the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Working closely with the TGCSA, the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition featured an array of equipment from 30-plus exhibitors as well as product demonstrations.