The latest edition of Golf Australia’s ‘Inside the Ropes’ podcast (episode 128) dropped yesterday and features Royal Melbourne Golf Club director of courses and ASTMA member Richard Forsyth. Co-hosts Andy Maher and Mark Hayes talk to Forsyth about his Composite Course preparations for the upcoming Presidents Cup, the tournament build and what he and his team hope to deliver when the world’s best players descend come the second week in December.
“We are in a good position,” says Forsyth when asked where the Composite Course is at four weeks out from the tournament. “We are trying to present a golf course that shows how we do things here in Australia, not a US model, so we are working on having the rough contrasting with the playing surfaces, working on our firmness in all surfaces and trying to get everything to come together for the week. It’s just those little areas where there’s a bit of shade or heavy traffic where we need a couple more weeks’ growth to get them to where we want them to be.
“I think it’s going to come together well and the whole package is going to be worth seeing. Those who are coming along will have a great experience seeing the place set up the way it will be. Hopefully we get the right weather for the week and we can have some really bouncy, fiery putting surfaces and everyone can see how the best players in the world handle them.”
You can download the Inside the Ropes podcast through the usual Apple and Android channels or click here to access through the Golf Australia website. The 20-minute interview starts at the 20.09 minute mark.