Works on the Kent-based club were initially set to be completed in late summer 2022 but the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with forced closures, provided an opportunity for the club to press ahead with the course work.
The new course is expected to be officially opened on June 1 after a year-long development.
Chart Hills has been subject to a total property renovation through Ramac Holdings, who are also owners of Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich. They purchased Chart Hills in December 2019, with a significant task in front of them as they looked to restore a golf course that had suffered for some years.
“We have made enormous strides and are hugely proud of the product we will be presenting,” said director of golf Anthony Tarchetti. “This is just the beginning of a road of continuous improvement at Chart Hills, with plans already in place to continue developments over the coming years. We are extremely excited to welcome our members and their guests back.”
The decision to officially close the golf course came in July 2020, with no reopening scheduled until all 18 holes had been completely renovated. The focus of the project was to completely relay the fairways, to produce surfaces that are playable all year round.
Every fairway was stripped, exposing the bare soil. The Chart Hills maintenance team then laid thousands of metres of irrigation piping down before more than 30,000 tonnes of sand was shaped onto the holes to produce a four-inch capping.
The finishing team spread Creeping-Rye seed on each fairway area before the watering and fertilisation processes began. There has also been a complete bunker overhaul.
Off the course, the venue has been remodelled, with a redecorated clubhouse, all-new club shop, modernised bar area, improved car park and signage, and upgraded practice facilities that include a simulator room.