Works Now Underway

By December 19, 2023December 20th, 2023No Comments

The Club has now closed its Championship Course to begin preparation for the commencement of construction work on our course redevelopment project in January 2024.

We are excited to be undertaking this project, which we believe not only promises a truly world-class golf course here in Rose Bay, but provides a significant and long-term environmental benefit to the wider community.

The project will result in a net increase of 1,592 trees onsite, while the landscape understorey will be significantly more biodiverse with the planting of a rich array of 500,000 native plants endemic to the local area, transforming Royal Sydney into one of the most important sanctuaries of native flora and fauna in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. The new landscape will also save 73 million litres of water each year.

Royal Sydney has launched a dedicated Championship Course Project website, which you can view at championshipcourse.rsgc.com.au or via our regular website www.rsgc.com.au. This includes significant information about various aspects of the project, as well as a ‘Latest News’ section that we will use to keep you regularly updated with details and developments as the project progresses.

Some of the early preparation we are performing includes bringing in equipment, establishing a work site, applying herbicide to existing turf, and removing in-ground pipework.

The Club is committed to ensuring all work performed is done with the utmost consideration for ecological protection and personal health and safety. As you may recall from my previous letter, tree protection fencing has already been set-up to protect trees as we bring in construction equipment.

We will soon be applying herbicide to the grass playing surfaces on the Championship Course. Royal Sydney will be using glyphosate, a commonplace herbicide found in more than 500 products registered by the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (apvma.gov.au). Like all our chemical applications, the product will be administered by qualified staff in adherence with application instructions and under appropriate weather conditions.

As we dig up existing pipework we will also be removing asbestos material. These works will be carried out by trained and SafeWork NSW-ticketed personnel. Air monitoring will be in place during the removal process and the works will be independently inspected and certified by a Safework NSW-licensed assessor.

The Club has provided more details about its herbicide program and asbestos safety protocols in a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) under the FAQs tab on the Championship Course Project website.

The Club is committed to keeping you updated about the Championship Course Project, and will provide further communication to you as it progresses.