Located southwest of Brisbane, Brookwater is a GNGCD original design that opened in 2002 and quickly earned a reputation for being one of the most dramatic and scenic layouts in Australia. It has perennially been ranked within the top-50 Australian courses.
This week the course has reopened all 18 holes after undergoing a progressive overhaul that included strategic design changes to the greens, fairways and bunkers that promises to improve playability and sustainability.
“We are delighted with what GNGCD has delivered to this already amazing golf course. Brookwater continues to thrill as a championship destination thanks to the incredibly clever design and attention to detail for players.” said Graham Dale, General Manager.
Central to the project’s scope was the resurfacing and restoration of the green complexes in an effort to return them to their original sizes, look, and feel. Fairways have also been widened and a thorough vegetation management program has eradicated overgrown foliage around the course and in waterways, opening playing corridors where encroaching limbs had started to compromise the original design intent.
The drainage and irrigation systems were also significantly updated which presents an overall improvement in course conditioning that enhances the playability experience for golfers of all skill levels.
“It’s always great to come back to one of my designs and have the opportunity to modernise it and restore it to its original form, so to be able to return to Brookwater was extremely gratifying,” said Greg Norman. “When redesigning a course, our focus is always to improve both the environmental and economic sustainability as well as playability, which we accomplished in spades at Brookwater.”
These enhancements were the first to the acclaimed course since it debuted 15 years ago.
A leader in international restoration and remastering, GNGCD recently celebrated the opening of its 100th course at Eastern Golf Club in Australia and currently has 42 more under contract and another 22 actively under development, including six redesign projects.
Among the firm’s 100 designs, five were included in Golf Digest’s 2016-2017 ‘World’s 100 Greatest’ rankings including Ellerston in Australia (29th), New South Wales Golf Club in Australia (31st), The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam (74th), Nirwana Bali (84th) and Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course in the UAE (97th).
Greg Norman Golf Course Design is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.