ongoing course improvements 2017-18
Renowned golf course architect Ken Moodie and his company CGD (Creative Golf Design) has been working with us to manage a redesign of all our bunkering and to improve the course. Works have already been completed on five holes (1, 2, 12, 14 & 18) with the next stage underway on holes 5, 10, 15 and 16 (which can be seen below) and we plan for the works to be completed by 2020-21. Shown below left is the beautiful Par 3 12th after the redesign in 2016.
Here is a bit more infomation about Ken:
Born in Scotland in 1965, Ken developed a love of golf and started playing at an early age. He studied at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and gained a BA Honours degree in Landscape Architecture in 1988. Following a period of research with the University he joined the golf course architectural practice of Hawtree & Son in 1989 and established his own firm, Creative Golf Design, in 1998. Ken is a Senior Member and Past President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects.
During a period of over 25 years in golf course architecture Ken has been involved with a wide variety of projects throughout Europe in countries such as Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain. He has worked on over 20 new golf course developments and advised more than 60 golf clubs on course improvement work, including two Open Championship venues and a number of Open qualifying courses. New course developments he has designed include the Millennium Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal; a PGA European Tour standard course at Wychwood Park, Crewe, in the UK; and the creation of a new 18-hole championship links course for the Marine Golf Club on the island of Sylt, in Germany.
Royal Blackheath Golf Club
"CGD won our unanimous vote after a three-way competitive pitch in January 2014. I had worked with both Ken and John at previous golf clubs, so I knew their capabilities. Their standards are high, and they are very professional and easy to work with. The work will restore some wonderful parkland views throughout the golf course which had been lost over time, following the planting of many unsuitable and unsustainable trees. These had created an artificially-treelined look to many of the fairways at Royal Blackheath Golf Club. The bunker work, which will be in several phases, will take place over the next few years with disruption to the flow of play kept to a minimum." Gordon Hogg, General Manager
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The plan on hole 5 is to refurbish all the bunkers in the Fowler style and extend the existing yellow tee back to incorporate the white tee but on a slightly higher level.
Photos below show works on the new back tee and bunkering on the 5th.
Hole 10 - here the bunkers are being refurbished in the Fowler style. Orignally we were going to extend the current white tee but since some major tree removal we have decided to see how the winter yellow tee recovers as there is now much more light and air getting through to it.
Photos below show greenside bunker works on hole 10 and the tree clerarance on the winter yellow tee.
Hole 15 - we are raising the bunker on the left hand side of the fairway so it can now be seen from the tee. The fairway bunker on the right hand side has been replaced by a swale and some mounding. This will leave an uneven stance for your approach which is now over a rather intimidating redesigned front right bunker. The bunker to the back left of the green has been taken out and will be replaced with a new run off area.
Photos below show the 15th left hand fairway bunker before and during the works.
Hole 16 - the fairway bunker on the left hand side has been turned so it now faces the player and can be seen clearly from the tee and with the introduction of a small pot bunker on the right, it really makes the longer hitter think about what club they should choose. The left hand greenside bunker has now been replaced by new mounding and a run off area while the right hand greenside bunker has been redesigned.
Below is a computer image before and after on the 16th and the work in progress on the new pot bunker short of the green.