Cork Golf course is a Mackenzie course, but its original landscaping style and Mackenzie features had gradually been eroded over time and the course was very much developing, despite its outstanding location, into a parkland style golf course.
Our involvement started with a detailed audit report and our recommendation were three fold:
i) adjust the bunkering such that their style at the very least represented some of the features and design philosophies that Mackenzie was well known for. Those being smaller, deeper bunkers with high clearly visible sand faces and surrounds consisting of a series of sharp hillocks, hollows, ridges and swale with a great variety of differing gradients.
ii) Commence a programme of tree removal, opening up the golf course to the outstanding views of the Cork Estuary and surrounding countryside. Additionally develop areas of gorse to assist with the gradual disolving of its parkland feel and return it to a more open seaside/links/heathland style of golf course.
iii) Renovate tee complexes that were in poor condition and sometimes poorly located as well as rebuilding the 13th green, that was poorly designed and, at times, unplayable.
The work took place over a period of 5 years and is now, apart from the continued removal of trees and establishment of gorse, is now largely complete. The results have been spectacular and the golf course is now of a style that Mackenzie would appreciate and probably be more comfortable to associate his name with.
Work carried out in association with Hawtree Ltd