Just outside of the capital city Riga in Latvia, you’ll find the first Nicklaus Design golf courses in the Baltic states at Jurmala Golf Club and Hotel, writes Wendy O’Brien, Golf Course Superintendent.
In 2012 the Nicklaus Design team were asked to propose a new design of the existing 27 hole golf club. Part of the site was an old orchard, with subsoil of peat and many channels and ponds, so would often flood and close the course. It was decided that a major rebuild would be needed to be able to play golf to a high standard expected from a Nicklaus Design course. Over 156,000 cubic metres of sand was brought on site to fully sand cap all the playing surfaces down to 30cm. 64km of drainage and 27km irrigation was laid, ponds and channels were altered and added for drainage and the new routing of the course. A fully automated Toro Lynx irrigation system has been installed with over 1500 irrigation heads, Capillary concrete® was also installed to line the bunkers before white sand was used to complement the design further.