There was a brief lull in workload during the covid lockdowns, but the subsequent popularity of outdoor activities such as golf, has had the effect of rejuvenating the industry.
Much of our work is in the form of preparing development masterplans which provide golf clubs with a definitive plan for their future.
Bunker renovations, practice facilities and soil importation projects are currently the most popular.
Southport and Ainsdale
Following the Covid delay, work has resumed at Southport & Ainsdale. This year’s work included a complete reconstruction of the 8th tee complex, forming five separate platforms instead of the previous single feature. The work included removing trees and forming dunes in their place. The result, a more “links” like complex. Other work includes replacing granite paths with grass paths on the 2nd, 7th and 8th holes, as well as new black tee on the 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th.
We have been consulting for Southport & Ainsdale of 4 years now and are working on a continually evolving development masterplan for this great golf course. There are many more improvements planned for the years ahead.
We have been consulting for the Club for over 10-years, gradually improving the course. This year, the 4th and 5th hole bunkers were renovated, but a more exciting future beckons with the complete reconstruction/re-routing, with the aid of soil importation, of the driving range, the 1st hole and the 8th hole. Planning permission is in process.
Current 8th hole
Proposed 8th hole
Cricket St Thomas
A very similar project to the Test Valley, this time using the soil importation to reconstruct the 8th, 9th and 10th holes. Initially, only to design these three new holes, however, our brief was expanded to a full developments masterplan which recommends adjustments to the layout, new water features and a couple of completely new holes.
3D model of proposed new 9th
Southport Old Links
Due to safety concerns over the position of the 9th/18th green, we designed a new green for the Club in a safer location. Because the hole played as a Par 4 9th and a Par 5 18th, the new location of the green had the knock-on effect for the need for a new tee complex and adjustments to the hole’s fairway bunkering.
We also prepared a development masterplan which outlines a number of possible improvements to the golf course that will take place, under our direction, in the future.
The new 18th green complex at Southport Old Links
Preston is a lovely golf course with only some fine-tuning required, especially their bunkering. Following a Development Masterplan, the Club will be embarking upon a bunker renovation programme, starting with a “pilot project” on holes 1, 8 and 18 including a new 18th tee complex.
The proposed approach to Preston 18th following bunker renovations
We recently formed a collaboration for projects in Spain with Jacobo Cestino, who is in the Spanish Amateur team and CEO of the exclusive housing and golf complex, Zagaleta located near Marbella.
During the renovation of Zagaleta Old Course, Cestino and Westenborg found they have similar golf course design philosophies and with Cestino holding a keen interest in golf course architecture along with being well respected in the Spanish golf industry, a partnership was the obvious next step. We hope to be commissioned for several projects in Spain in the near future.
We have been associated with Broadway for many years and following a development masterplan prepared a few years ago, the Club carried out a “pilot” project on their 2nd hole greenside bunkers. Hopefully, following the success of this project, a full-scale bunker renovation project will transpire.
Designed by Fred Hawtree the greens were renovated by Westenborg 15-years ago, when with Hawtree. Following a Development Masterplan that recommend bunker renovations, we have recently been commissioned to take this project forward, with work hopefully commencing September 2022. The project in includes a new pitching and putting green to compliment the Club’s new driving range.
Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Design (RSSGCD)
During a brief respite in workload during the Covid lockdown, we used the opportunity to study for our RSSGCD qualification and be listed the EIGCA sustainability register. The on-line course run by the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, is a detailed on-line study of methods to sustainably design, construct and maintain golf courses. Part of the course also included a case study using Rockliffe Hall; an 18-hole golf course we designed 10-years ago. Please open this link to hear the case study https://www.eigca.org/eigca-sustainable-design-register
Along with the RSSGCD, we also did a Project Management on-line course, gaining Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner qualifications. Not necessarily relevant to golf course design, but a useful “string to our bow” nevertheless.
An exciting year is forecast for Westenborg Golf Design. All of the projects described above are hoped to progress and there are a number of possible projects not mentioned that we expect to transpire during 2022. We wish everyone involved in our amazing golf industry, and very happy and prosperous 2022.