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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the back 9 greens at the Pali Golf Course have reopened after successful completion of a turf restoration project.


“The course looks beautiful, and it is now fully open for public enjoyment,” Mayor Hannemann said. “It’s very important to ensure that our public parks and recreational facilities are well-maintained.”


The City replaced the Tif Dwarf Bermuda turf on the greens with Seashore Paspalum sod, after properly aerating the grounds to improve drainage, and applying nutrients.


The front 9 greens were completed in September of 2008. The back 9 greens took longer because of the winter weather.


The greens are still considered new and not fully matured, but have full coverage. The golfing public’s assistance and cooperation will help the greens mature properly. Golfers are asked to:


·       Repair ball marks and divots;

·       Park carts 30 yards away from greens;

·       Keep carts away from wet and repaired areas throughout the course and use 90 degree rule whenever possible.


The speed of the greens will improve as the canopy becomes denser. Cultural practices such as vericutting and top dressing will be on-going, to produce an excellent putting surface.


The project cost $460,000, and was completed by Logan Hamocan of Sports Turf Hawaii and the Pali Golf Course maintenance staff.


The rest of the course, including tees and fairways, will be converted to Seashore Paspalum in the future.




Contact: Garrick Iwamuro, Golf Course System Administrator, Dept. of Enterprise Services, 733-7383.