Phase one of ‘multi-year’ bunker renovation project at 406-year-old London club completed
GOLF course restoration experts Creative Golf Design have successfully completed the first part of a multi-year project to renovate the course at one of the world’s oldest golf clubs.
The award-winning firm finished the first phase at the 406-year-old Royal Blackheath Golf Club, in south east London, in September.
The three-phase project includes new tees and bunkers, extensive alterations to existing bunkering and teeing grounds, plus a wide range of general course improvements, which is being carried out in tandem with tree renovation specialists John Nicholson Associates.
The intention is to restore the golf course aesthetically to its authentic 1920s state.
“This work will restore some wonderful parkland views throughout the golf course which had been lost over time” said club secretary Gordon Hogg. “Our bunkers will also be remodelled at minimal disruption to the flow of play.”
Creative Golf Design’s Ken Moodie is the second Scottish golf architect to be chosen to update Royal Blackheath, after James Braid last modernised the course in the 1920s.
“There’s a natural thrill, and also a certain weight of responsibility, when you’re asked to make alterations at one of the world’s most historic clubs,” said the 48 year-old. “To be entrusted with revitalising the course at England’s oldest golf club is a great honour. But even the most cherished courses need to change sometimes, whether to bring them carefully in line with the modern game, or to restore them as a result of wear and tear or perhaps some previous alterations which need to be corrected.”
Royal Blackheath is the latest classic golf club to entrust Creative Golf Design to carefully restore its historic golf course. The project joins previous historic golf course work at Royal Wimbledon, Alwoodley, Hollinwell, Aldeburgh and Roehampton in England, Wouwse Plantage in Holland, and Dortmunder in Germany.
In addition to course improvement projects, Creative Golf Design also designs new golf course developments, having worked in many countries throughout Europe. It is currently working on the early stages of projects in Slovakia, Croatia and the Middle East.