Large spending has allowed the course to remain up to date and in top shape for the coming year while still boasting a demanding test of golf
The Shire London has announced the completion of a series of major refurbishments to its Ballesteros Masters Course, the only full course in the UK to be designed by Seve Ballesteros himself.
Changes have been made to the bunkering and around the greens on the course, which is renowned as one of the most demanding tests of golf in the country. Other improvements include new sand, course furniture and flags, to a renovated driving range with the club investing over £120,000 to ensure the club and course maintains its big reputations.
“Every year we give you something new at The Shire London,” said director Ceri Menai-Davis. “Golf needs to modernise. Some parts of the sport seem to be stuck in the past, but we never stay still. We are always creating something new for golfers. Speaking as both The Shire London and The Bridgedown Group, we have pledged to play our part in creating an exciting future for golf in England – and the next few years will see us deliver on that promise.”
A mixture of new and remodelled bunkers can be found on the second, sixth, eighth and ninth holes, offering a greater challenge when playing an approach shot.
As well as the remodelled greenside bunkers, the short-par-4 second hole also has new gorse beds and a newly shaped green approach to make the opening run of holes even more testing.
Elsewhere on the course, the club is implementing a major bunker programme, with new bases to all bunkers to be finished by next season and new sand going in all bunkers, too.
Menai-Davis added: “These changes for the 2014 season have made the Ballesteros Masters Course even more compelling. At The Shire London our goal has always been to provide the best playing surfaces, the most exciting golfing challenge and the highest levels of customer satisfaction available at this price, anywhere in the south-east, if not across the whole of the United Kingdom.”
Away from the course, the club has updated the golf balls on its driving range with a new set of Srixon range balls. Drainage has also been improved in the range, while there are new teaching aids in The Shire Academy.