FRESH: Toogoolawah Golf Club's newest green will be more than up to par when its ready for play.
FRESH: Toogoolawah Golf Club's newest green will be more than up to par when its ready for play. Callum Dick

Australian first at local golf club after green is ripped up

SOMERSET golfers are set to receive a Christmas present, with works at Toogoolawah Golf Club to improve their playing experience.

The golf club has torn up the number 2/11 green to replace it with new Zoysia L1F grass.

The variety is new to Australia, and president Alan White said it is expected to better handle the conditions than the old variety.

"It was an old green that wasn't tolerating our water quality well," White said.

"This grass... can handle much saltier water than we've got."

The ongoing drought had also taken its toll on the old green.

The newly planted green is starting sprout and is expected to be ready to play on about Christmas time.

The redesigned green is larger and incorporates swales and swirls to make it more interesting, and White said it would be a considerable improvement on the old green. 

"We expect it will provide an excellent and more consistent playing surface as a result of using a grass that can not only tolerate our poor water quality but also being highly disease resistant." he said.

Much of the work for the refresh had been done by club volunteers and White thanked them for their considerable time and efforts.