English Golf Courses

Doak to assist with Hotchkin course tweaks

World-renowned golf course architect Tom Doak has been appointed to advise on the facilities at the National Golf Centre, the home of England Golf, at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire.

Doak, pictured above, will make a ‘significant contribution’ to the site development plan, with particular emphasis on the Hotchkin course, widely regarded as one of world’s top 100 courses.

General manager Richard Latham commented: “In our opinion, Tom Doak is one of the most accomplished architects in the world today and we feel that renovating and refining a national treasure like the Hotchkin Course requires expert opinion.

“We are huge admirers of Tom’s work and are confident that his input will be invaluable.”

Doak, the brains behind the acclaimed Renaissance course in East Lothian, as well as the stunning and much-photographed Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand, visited Woodhall Spa as a student and was taken ‘with both the charm and severity’ of the Hotchkin course. He used the design of the 18th hole in his book, The Anatomy of a Golf Course.

 “The Hotchkin Course is one of the world’s great heathland courses, with a character all of its own,” he said. “That’s a rare thing in golf course architecture, and it will be at the forefront of our thinking as we look to suggest any refinements. 

“The club has carefully catalogued the minor refurbishments of recent years and I’m delighted to assist in the creation of a formal development plan. I am really looking forward to working with the management team in protecting the legacy and restoring reputation.”

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