English Golf Courses

Effingham upgrades classic course

Effingham Golf Club has used a trip back in time as the inspiration for its new-look Championship Course

Effingham Golf Club has used a trip back in time as the inspiration for its new-look Championship Course after completing a major renovation and upgrade of its classic course and club facilities.

The prestigious Surrey club has invested a significant six-figure sum over the last five years to return all the bunkers on its historic downland layout back to their original design, while improvements off the course have included the installation of a new golf shop, golf studio, buggy store and main entrance to its Georgian clubhouse.

The club worked closely alongside acclaimed golf course architect Tom Mackenzie, from Mackenzie & Ebert, to enhance the original course created by Harry Colt in the 1920s.

With the construction work expertly carried out by MJ Abbott, phased over the last five years, and with finishing touches completed by the greenkeeping team led by Jon Budd, the course is now fully open to members, and non-members at specific times.

Steve Slinger, general manager at Effingham Golf Club, said: “The aim of the project was to return the bunkers to a style in keeping with how they looked when the course opened under Colt in 1927 and we’re delighted with the final result.

“We have always had the stunning views here at Effingham, however the bunkers are now equally our signature.

“With the changes in golf club and ball technology, many had become superfluous, and the new bunkering makes it tougher off the tee for the longer hitters – and definitely more challenging in and around the greens for everyone.”

Effingham Golf Club’s renowned Championship Course has held numerous high-profile events since it first opened back in the 1920s, including Regional Qualifying for The Open Championship from 2006 to 2010 and the Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifier in 2014.

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