Southwest Greens Completes Construction of Golf Facility in Belgium

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New multi-purpose, synthetic facility is in Les Lacs de L'Eau D'Heure, Wallonie, Belgium

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Working alongside Southwest Greens Construction has been a pleasure. They are the best in their field of expertise.

Southwest Greens Construction has completed construction of a unique golf course project in the Wallonie region of Belgium.

The golf course is located in the Lacs de l’Eau D’Heure Lake region south of Brussels, a tourist destination awarded the European Destinations of Excellence Award in 2010 as a non-traditional tourist spot.

The project, owned and managed by Pro1Golf, consists of a nine-hole golf course, along with three practice experience holes, a driving range with tee lines, uniquely designed target greens, a nine-hole pitch & putt golf course and a nine-hole fun putting course. Construction is now finished on a driving range and pitch and putt, and championship golf course.

“Pro1Golf’s facility is a fantastic venue to demonstrate the variety of our company’s product portfolio,” said Kevin Holinaty, President of Southwest Greens Construction. “The facility features nearly every aspect of our product offering, from our PRO System on the golf course to our leisure performance product on the pitch and putt. It has been a challenging undertaking but something we are very proud to be a part of.”

The golf course was designed by Dimitri van Hauwaert, of Diamond Golf Architects, a member of the EIGCA.

“The site is stunning, one of the best I have seen, with gorgeous views of the lake,” said van Hauwaert. “It would be difficult not to make a great golf course here. In addition, the synthetic option provided by Southwest Greens Construction makes this project one of the most ecological in Europe. There are no pesticides or chemicals needed to maintain the course. Working alongside Southwest Greens Construction has been a pleasure. They are the best in their field of expertise. I have looked at other products out there, and I believe that Southwest Greens product is the only one that can deliver the appropriate ball roll and ball bounce that is required for a golf course like this.”

The project continues a consistent stream of similar projects for Southwest Greens Contruction, having built several golf courses, academies, and driving range facilities around the world using their performance synthetic turf systems.

“We are pleased to see the movement towards our synthetic turf solutions continues to gather steam within the Industry” Holinaty said. “Given the challenges golf courses face, from maintenance budget restrictions to stricter environmental realities, to increasing weather issues, our product portfolio can ease the pressure for course superintendents and provide genuine solutions to their challenges. This project is no different, and a good example where our synthetic turf systems made perfect sense.”    

The decision to go with synthetic turf systems was not an easy one and it involved an extensive tender process.

“Southwest Greens Construction was very pro-active from the start in giving us the necessary advice during our tender process,” said Carl Ledbury, General Director of Pro1Golf. “It was obvious that their knowledge was extensive and this assisted us a great deal in understanding what was important to consider for the tender and in giving us a feeling of comfort that we were in the right hands.”

About Southwest Greens Construction and Southwest Greens International/Shaw Industries
Headquartered in The Netherlands, Southwest Greens Construction is the official golf course construction arm for Southwest Greens International. Southwest Greens Construction is responsible for all major golf course construction projects for Southwest Greens International, and as such has the most experienced installation and construction team in the industry.

Southwest Greens International is a division of Shaw Industries. With a multi-million dollar network of 75+ franchise operations worldwide, the Southwest Greens organization is regarded as the undisputed Global Leader in the sales, design, construction and maintenance of synthetic golf solutions. The Southwest Greens product is the preferred putting surface for more than 40 professional golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours including the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades. Shaw’s Turf division consists of Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens International, Shaw Grass and an exclusive partnership with Watershed Geo.

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