The Gold Coast Turf Club will begin trialling different varieties of turf this week in preparation for the upcoming course renovations.
Work began on Monday to prepare soil on the track and four plots of turf will be planted today before another two are added on Thursday.
“They will test the soil profile at multiple parts of the track that was built at multiple stages,” Parnell said.
“The turf trials will test a variety of kikuyu grass and couch grass and we will see which works best.
“Once we have agreed with the club what grass will be grown we have to go and get it from a grass farm and that will take 12 months to grow to get to the maturity we need.”
The track renovations will include the remediation of the course proper while the club’s four training tracks will be replaced by a 17m wide synthetic track, similar to those at Warwick Farm in Sydney and Pakenham in Victoria, and a 20m wide turf training track.
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