Maintaining the greens to the highest possible standard is the task of Superintendent, Mr Yoshiha, and machinery maintenance and the sharpening of 200 cutting units is the job of head mechanic Mr Nishikihori.
The greenkeeping staff is made up of 17 people. The size of the facility is impressive, and the amount and quality of equipment is amazing.
A question that came to mind. Why use the greens every other day? Simply, it is an attractive, unique selling point for golfers. Players can have a totally different approach shot from the fairway depending on which green is set up.
One of the challenges for the Superintendent during the tournament was maintaining the speed of the greens. Slowing or increasing the speed is easy, while maintaining it is the trickiest part.
The height of cut on the greens was 3.5 mm and the Baroness mowers used on greens, fairways, and semi-rough were all sharpened using two sets of Bernhard and Company grinders. A Dual Master 3000iR was used in conjunction with an Anglemaster 4000, as well as an Express Dual 4000 fitted with an Express Relief, and an Anglemaster 4100.
The grinders were used on a daily basis and were an essential part of the maintenance programme designed to maintain the 54 holes to the very highest standards.