TPC Kuala Lumpur will embark on a 10-month renovation of its West Course from this November. The much-anticipated makeover will see the returfing of the greens from SeaIsle Supreme to Tifeagle and the fairways/teeboxes from Seashore Paspalum to Celebration Bermuda, as well as other modifications.
Prior to the renovation, the West Course will host the CIMB Classic for the fifth year running on October 12-15. The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia takes place on the East Course two weeks later (October 26-29).
“Ultimately, our goal is to be recognized among the best golf courses in the world. To achieve this and remain relevant in an increasingly competitive market, we must continuously improve,” said TPC Kuala Lumpur CEO Steven Thielke.
A joint effort between the club, the PGA Tour and Parslow & Winter Golf Design (PWGD), the renovation will also involve adding length to selected holes as well as some bunker and fairway modifications. The contours on selected greens will be reworked to ensure the undulations are compatible with the new green speeds.
Stephen Wenzloff, vice president of design services, player liaison with the PGA Tour noted: “The competitive modifications to the West Course will enhance the original design strategy off the tee by repositioning and adding fairway bunkers and adding a few tees. Approach shot strategy will be enhanced by softening some slopes on greens to create new hole locations.”
The last major renovation of the West Course was completed almost 10 years ago by PWGD.
“Sustaining a golf course at the highest standards requires constant modernization of maintenance practices and equipment, and also course construction materials and techniques,” said PWGD golf course architect Jason Winter. “The overriding goal is to continue to provide members and tournament participants with the best possible playing surface all year round, maintained to the highest standards.”
The East Course will remain open during the West Course renovation. “Our golf course maintenance team will diligently ensure that members and guests can still enjoy a splendid round of golf at the East Course which will be available seven days a week,” said the club’s course superintendent Mohd Nizam Othman.
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