Westenborg Golf Design commissioned to oversee renovations at Zagaleta
Earlier this year Westenborg Golf Design was commissioned to design a new 6th green at Zagaleta Golf Club, an exclusive development close to Marbella in Spain. The 6th is a long Par 5; the tee shot is excellent as well as the approach. However, for those not able to reach the green in two, a fact which applies to the majority of the golfers playing the course, the 3rd shot was a severely uphill one to a tiny but heavily undulating green. It very much spoilt the finish to a good golf hole.
The solution being to shorten the hole by 20 yards, positioning the green in a more spacious area of land and lowering its levels by approximately 7-metres. We also add a “false face” to the green so that at least some of the green surface is visible from the valley 20-metres below and their area also two tiers. We find that when constructing greens up against a steep slope, introducing tiers in the green surface helps nestle the complex much more naturally into the surroundings. The hole is shorter and the green much larger, so theoretically finding the green with a 2nd or 3rd shot will be an easier prospect. However the tiers and undulations on the green will compensate for the easing of the tee to green challenge.
The grasses on the golf course are being altered from creeping bent, possibly not best suited to the hot climate, to Bermuda grasses. During this transition some of the bunkers that were beginning to look a little tired, were renovated; designed with a little bit more flair and style.
Phase 2 of the work, the back nine, has commenced on holes 10 to 18. This phase includes renovation, removal or addition of new bunkers and re-profiling of many green surrounds