The AGCSA is excited to announce that The Brisbane Golf Club will play host to the 2019 Toro AGCSA Golf Championship ahead of this year’s Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference. Home to the 2018 Isuzu Queensland Open, Brisbane is one of the Sunshine State’s most exclusive member clubs and the AGCSA is looking forward to taking its premier golf event there on Sunday 23 June.
Brisbane is home to course superintendent Mitch Hayes who will no doubt relish the chance of preparing his course to provide the ultimate test for his fellow supers. In 2018 Nedlands Golf Club superintendent and former professional golfer Tony McFadyean took home the coveted Red Jacket for the first time, and he is set to return to defend that title alongside fellow former winner Michael Dennis (Royal Perth GC).
Brisbane Golf Club has certainly experienced plenty of ups and downs over the past decade. It suffered widespread damage as a result of the Brisbane River floods back in early 2011, while in 2016 it re-entered the tournament spotlight for the first time in 25 years when it was named host club for three consecutive Isuzu Queensland Opens.
The most recent Open was held in the first week of November 2018, with Jordan Zunic claiming his third PGA Tour of Australasia title by a single shot.
Holding the championship at Brisbane will give superintendents and turf managers the unique chance of playing the only course in Australia that boasts Champion ultradwarf couchgrass greens. Between 2013 and 2015 the club converted its 328 couch greens across to Champion, with six greens completely reconstructed down to the base.
In the years since, the Champion has matured into a superb playing surface and has provided a point of difference for the club, one which has seen it re-enter the Australian top 100 course rankings lists (Brisbane currently ranks 81st in Australian Golf Digest’s 2018 list and 92nd in Golf Australia Magazine’s corresponding rankings).
Click here to read the article on Brisbane Golf Club and Superintendent Mitch Hayes, who has been Superintendent since October 2012 that appeared in Volume 18.5 (Sept-Oct 2016) of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal. Click here to also read the subsequent review of the 2016 Queensland Open that appeared in Volume 18.6 (Nov-Dec 2016).
The AGCSA Golf Championship is an optional extra as part of conference registration. Cost is $145+GST and when you select to attend please ensure you include your Golf Link number/handicap and shirt size. Click here to register for the Conference.
The AGCSA looks forward to seeing all competitors when they line up at Brisbane!