Last year I completed a bunker renovation project at Zagaleta Golf Club, along with a new green complex and re-profiling of many of the green surrounds.
Westenborg Golf Design was recently commissioned by Denham Golf Club near Watford to assist with their bunker renovation.
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary. Please read my blog remembering some of the challenges faced during the design and construction.
The US Open was recently hosted by Erin Hills in the state of Wisconsin. It’s obviously not possible to get a complete feel for a golf course from the TV screen but from what I could see from a Golf Course Architects point of view, it looked amazing. It has a hint of seaside links, rolling fairways bordered by long fescue grasses and a good variety of holes (including a 250 yard Par 3 and some blind shots). However, its most striking features were the beautifully sculptured bunkers. They are intricately shaped features with narrow nooks and crannies, some high sand faces, but also steep grass banks with intricate styles of shaping. Overall, the combination of the features described made for a stunning visual affect.
Please click on the link to read my article on how money can eventually be saved if bunker renovations are carried out. If professionally carried out, initial costs can be high, but there are long-term positive effects on sustainability.
Upgrading of 3 Hammers driving range complete
Construction of five new greens at Gathurst Golf Club complete and will ready for play Spring 2016
Westenborg Golf Design commissioned to oversee renovations at Zagaleta
A few months ago I attended GolfBIC where one of the subjects discussed was if relaxing dress code would help promote golf? Here are my views on the subject.
A recent debate at the European Institute of Golf Course Architects AGM about whether “ball finders” should be legalised?
A recent debate at the European Institute of Golf Course Architects AGM discussing the pro’s and con’s of exceptionally undulating greens raised some interesting points.
Golf Course Architect v Golf Course Managers
I recently lost yet another possible project. The maintenance crew will be carrying out the renovations. It can be frustrating at times. Here is a blog about my thought on the matter.
Mendip Golf Club is a stunning golf course set in the Mendip Hills with outstanding views, a rich variety of landscaping through the course including areas of heather and gorse and some excellent golf holes. The club also has some of the most extensive practice facilities, especially for an older golf course, that we have ever seen. Westenborg Golf has been commissioned by Mendip Golf club to carry out a review of the golf course. The brief, not only to carry out an overall audit but also to recommend layout adjustments to better balance to the two nines. Currently, the front nine is Par 37, while the back nine, Par34, with a considerable disparity between the two yardages of the nines. Using land where the current practice facility is located, a feasible solution is possible.
Last year, Westenborg Golf design was commissioned to carry out a review of Test Valley. It is a downland golf course close to Basingstoke with some stunning views but with golf holes that have not as yet reached their full potential. The review has recommended a number of adjustments; one of them renovation, removal and addition of the bunkers to a more consistent style. Last October, new fairway bunkers were added to the short Par 4 10th to stiffen up the tee shot and improve it visually ( the picture illustrates how the tee shot used to appear), while by the green a couple of bunkers were removed and new, better located bunkers added.
On behalf of Hawtree, Westenborg has been designing and supervising the first phase of bunker renovations with the view of returning them to their original Fred Hawtree design style. As is often the case with bunkers, over time they lose their shape through years of maintenance and erosion, and Purdis Heath bunkers are no exception to the rule. The bunkers on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 18th holes have been renovated, on the whole, in similar locations but a better located 18th fairway bunker was constructed and the 1st fairway bunker eased a little closer to the fairway edge.
The first phase has progressed well, with the final installation of sand due to happen February 2015. Working on a sandy site allowed work to occur in all weather and thanks to the abundant stands of heather on the golf course, and hence the opportunity to take some of the heather and place it on the bunkers, they already have an early sense of maturity to them.
See Ipswich bunker renovations
We were pleased to hear the news recently that Rockliffe Hall is hosting the English Senior Open again. This time they have more than 6 weeks to prepare for it and, if it all possible, will be bigger and better than last years. Who knows, maybe the next tournament will be a European Tour event.
Please see the link to read the press release.
At the English Senior Open, Westenborg caddied for SteveVan Vurren. It offered a unique experience to view close up how the professional play the game of golf and negotiate the hazards designed. Perhaps the golf course played a little too short for some of the Seniors, but on the most part, the course offered a fair test of golf. As wel as Van Vuuren, Westenborg walked the fairways with former Ryder Cup Captain, Mark James, Gordon Brand Jnr, Gerry Norquist from America (with an unique and very effective putting style) and Mike Mclaine, who had a hole in one on the 11th.
See the link to read an article about Westenborg Caddying experience. Westenborg Golf Caddying Services
An amazing experiece but also very hard work; full time caddy’s certainly deserve more credit.
Westenborg Golf spent all 3 days at the English Senior Open enjoying the atmosphere and caddying for Steve Van Vuuren from South Africa.
The caddying job allowed opportunity to mingle with the players and chat to them about the golf course. Numerous complimentary comments were received from the players even to the point where some considered it to be the best venue on their tour – high praise indeed.
The golf course was in immaculate condition and the tournament all went down to the 18th green; Santiago Luna missing a short putt to even things up, allowing Steen Tinning from Denmark 2 putts for then win.
A great 3 days and a very proud moment for Westenborg and Rockliffe Hall.
Only open now for 5 years and already hoting the Trilby Tour final, Rockliffe Hall has now been awarded the Senior English Open for 2013 and 2014. Senior English Open
This adds to the list of Westenborg designed golf course hosting amateur and professional tournaments including Dun Laoghaire hosting the Curtis Cup in 2014.
Westenborg Golf has just taken part in a “round table” discussion arranged by Today’s Golfer magazine along with two other architects to discuss and debate Augusta National and the upcoming Masters. Look out for the results of the discussion in the March issue.