Hear from our Director of Agronomy, David Bataller, on how we’ve revamped the sixth hole of the PGA Catalunya Stadium Course to make it even better to play golf.
Over the last year we have invested heavily in the PGA Stadium Course to ensure it remains one of the finest golfing experiences in Europe.
Major structural work has already been completed to the 10th hole and to the layout’s greens, cart paths and irrigation systems, and now we are delighted to unveil the new-look sixth hole.
We caught up with David Bataller, our Director of Agronomy, to find out more…
Q: David, can you sum up what has been done to the sixth hole over the last few months?
The PGA Catalunya Stadium Course slope has also changed. We have completely renovated the first half of the hole, moving a huge amount of earth to reshape the tee boxes and fairway. We have reduced the undulating mounds on the fairway to create a new, flatter landing area for the tee shot. The landing area as a result is significantly bigger and further to the left.
We have relocated and built new tee boxes for all the tees (white, yellow, blue and red) so they are further to the right, and they are accessed more easily via a new cart path from the fifth green.
The hole has a new irrigation system and we have sand-capped the entire hole. Both measures will ensure better drainage, which is important as this is one of the wetter holes on the course because of its uphill fairway.
The hole has also benefited from new grass on the fairway, rough and tee boxes, as well as new landscaping and manicuring.
Q: Are there any new hazards from the tee?
Yes, there is a new fairway bunker on the right side of the fairway and we have planted 30 new trees and many bushes and plants on the right side as well.
Q: How should a golf player approach this hole now?
The new layout requires accuracy from the tee in order to land the ball on the favourable flat landing area, from where you are ideally placed to attack the green.
You need to aim further left now, as down the right-hand side there’s a new bunker, trees and a deep valley. And, as before, you need to make sure you judge the distance correctly so you land in the optimal place to reach the green with your second shot.
The hole plays the same distance from the white tees (376 metres), and is slightly shorter from the other colour tees (to be confirmed very soon by the Spanish Golf Federation).
Q: How does the renovation improve the playing experience of this hole?
I think golfers will find it a more interesting challenge now, having to judge the distance to reach the optimal flat landing area.
They are also faced with a flatter tee shot, which tends to suit the eye of golfers more than a steep uphill fairway.
There are new hazards to avoid, and the hole has more interest in the form of new trees and shrubs, which will only get even more attractive as they mature over the next few years.
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