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Newly upgraded West Course reopens

An aerial shot of TPCKL. The West Course, however, will close from Sept 17-Oct 17, 2018, to make way for the CIMB Classic happening from Oct 11-14

TPC Kuala Lumpur’s (TPCKL) multi-award winning 18-hole West Course upgrade has been completed and reopened on Aug 31, 2018.

“The 10-month intensive project was focused on providing improved playing surfaces by changing the turf on the course to more developed and enhanced grass species. Golfers can expect another level of golfing experience with the new resurfaced turf,” said TPCKL CEO Steven Thielke. The course, however, will close from Sept 17-Oct 17, 2018, to make way for the CIMB Classic happening from Oct 11-14.

The new grasses are identical to those at TPC Sawgrass, home to The Players Championship, which is the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour’s annual flagship tournament in the US. While TifEagle Bermuda grass has been planted on the greens to provide a consistently fast and true putting surface, Celebration Bermuda grass has been planted on all the tee boxes and fairways, as well as bunker and green surrounds.

“The new fairways will now have more run, and the new green surrounds can be mown short to provide run-off areas, so as to allow for a variety of recovery shots to be played on a firmer playing surface,” Thielke explained.

In addition, modifications were made to holes 4, 7, 12, 14, 16 and 17, as well as a new 80-yard short game practice area, which has also been built as part of the upgrading project, along with the addition of a new practice putting green.

This upgrading project has been headed by TPCKL head of agronomy Mohd Nizam Othman, PGA Tour VP of design services Stephen Wenzloff, Parslow and Winter Golf Design course architect Jason Winter, and Thielke.