Westenborg Golf course architecture

Projects / UK & Ireland

Rockliffe Hall Golf Club

Rockliffe hall golf club

England

Rockliffe Hall is the development of a high quality 18 hole golf course and the accompanying renovation of a derelict hall into a 5 star hotel and spa. The developer is the chairman of Middlesbrough Football Club.

We were involved with the early development of the concept, planning, layouts, detailed construction drawings, the tender procedure, on site supervision and project management.

The hotel and golf course is now considered the finest in the North East of England. The course is already hosting regional competitions and the Trilby Tour and has designs to eventually host a major European Tour event.

https://www.rockliffehall.com/golf

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

England

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, better known as S & A, is a stunning links golf course, designed by the great James Braid. It has hosted two Ryder Cup’s and, is an Open Qualifier venue and regularly hosts high-profile amateur tournaments.

Westenborg Golf Design was commissioned in 2018 to consult for the Club. Since then, some quite significant work has occurred in the form of removing granite paths and replacing them with high specification grass paths. Additionally, some major renovation of the 18th occurred, constructing a series of new dunes along the right of the hole to visually separate it from the adjacent driving range, as well as new and removed bunkers and adjustment of the levels of some dunes to improve the view of the hole from the tee complex.

The site is a SSSI and we therefore work closely with Natural England, especially with the formation of sandy areas which are the perfect habitat for the rare sand lizard.

More work is planned during 2020 and 2021 – constructing more grass paths, formation of more areas of open sand, removal and addition of bunkers and the construction of new dune systems.

http://www.sandagolfclub.co.uk

Rockliffe Hall Golf Club
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club

Dun Laoghaire golf club

Ireland

The project involved the relocation of Dun Laoghaire Golf Club to a new site financed by a developer who planned to redevelop their existing site. Predominately due to external boundary safety concerns, the existing Harry Colt course’s future was uncertain so, following several presentations to the membership, relocation to a new 27 hole golf course with the highest possible specification was agreed.

The project was complex due to strict environmental considerations due to the site bordering a Natural Heritage Area. This affected options for drainage requiring the capacity to attenuate a 100 year storm. The drainage programme used wetland filtering technology, archaeological relics had to be protected and the water source is rain water harvesting. The Club’s brief was to move into a golf course with a very early sense of maturity which was challenging since the most of the site was treeless with limited topographical interest. Solving these problems required extensive earthworks, wall-to-wall irrigation, intensive drainage and robust landscaping. The civil element of the design including flood attenuation, drainage, buggy paths, wetlands and large water features.

Our involvement spanned all aspects of the project lasting more than three years of continuous activity.

The course was voted best parkland golf course in Ireland 2013, 2014 and 2016 and also hosted the Curtis Cup in 2016.

Laoghaire Golf Course
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club

Dun Laoghaire golf club

Ireland

The project involved the relocation of Dun Laoghaire Golf Club to a new site financed by a developer who planned to redevelop their existing site. Predominately due to external boundary safety concerns, the existing Harry Colt course’s future was uncertain so, following several presentations to the membership, relocation to a new 27 hole golf course with the highest possible specification was agreed.

The project was complex due to strict environmental considerations due to the site bordering a Natural Heritage Area. This affected options for drainage requiring the capacity to attenuate a 100 year storm. The drainage programme used wetland filtering technology, archaeological relics had to be protected and the water source is rain water harvesting. The Club’s brief was to move into a golf course with a very early sense of maturity which was challenging since the most of the site was treeless with limited topographical interest. Solving these problems required extensive earthworks, wall-to-wall irrigation, intensive drainage and robust landscaping. The civil element of the design including flood attenuation, drainage, buggy paths, wetlands and large water features.

Our involvement spanned all aspects of the project lasting more than three years of continuous activity.

The course was voted best parkland golf course in Ireland 2013, 2014 and 2016 and also hosted the Curtis Cup in 2016.

Laoghaire Golf Course
Cobh Golf Club
Cobh Golf Club

Cobh golf club

Ireland

As with Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, this project involved the relocation of a golf course; this time from a 9 hole facility to a new 18 hole lay-out financed entirely by the Club.

Our involvement included presentation of the masterplan to the membership and full responsibility for all aspects of the planning process, layouts, design, tendering procedure and construction management.

The total area of available land was just 115 acres with some of the land being exceptionally steep, further reducing the useable land for golf holes. However, a spacious course of good length was laid-out to the great satisfaction of the membership and is a good example of how an excellent golf course can be laid out on a small difficult area of land with only a limited budget.

Dooks golf club

Ireland

This project was a complete renovation of all 18 holes over a period of five winters between 2003 and 2008. The work included 16 new greens, some close to their existing locations and some in completely new locations. All 18 tee complexes and bunkers were renovated in a similar vein to the green complexes.
The initial brief was to recommend measures to solve their 1st hole safety problems and recommend uses for land between the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. However we realised the huge potential of the golf course and developed a masterplan for its renovation and updating of all 18 holes.

Our role involved yearly presentations to the member at EGM’s, detailed designs, site reports, tenders, construction management and weekly supervision visits during construction.

Following the work the course moved from outside the top 100 ranked courses in Ireland to its current position of 33.

Work carried out while working for Hawtree.

Dooks Golf Club
Cork Golf Club
Cork Golf Club

Cork golf club

Ireland

Cork Golf course is an original Mackenzie design, but its original landscaping style and Mackenzie features had gradually been eroded over time and the course was very much developing, despite its outstanding location, into a parkland style golf course.

Our involvement started with a detailed audit report and our recommendation were three fold:
i) Adjust the bunkering such that their style at the very least represented some of the features and design philosophies that Mackenzie was well known for. Those being smaller, deeper bunkers with high clearly visible sand faces and surrounds consisting of a series of sharp hillocks, hollows, ridges and swale with a great variety of differing gradients.
ii) Commence a programme of tree removal, opening up the golf course to the outstanding views of the Cork Estuary and surrounding countryside. Additionally develop areas of gorse to assist with the gradual dissolving of its parkland feel and return it to a more open seaside/links/heathland style of golf course.
iii) Renovate tee complexes that were in poor condition and sometimes poorly located as well as rebuilding the 13th green, that was poorly designed and, at times, unplayable.

The work took place over a period of 5 years and is now, apart from the continued removal of trees and establishment of gorse, is now largely complete. The results have been spectacular and the golf course is now of a style that Mackenzie would appreciate and probably be more comfortable to associate his name with.

Trump International
Trump International Golf

Trump International Golf Links

Scotland

This was a very high-profile project and included in-depth liaison with environmental consultants to develop the ecological concept of the project and ensure minimal impact and criticism. When still working for Hawtree Ltd, Marc Westenborg prepared the majority of the plans including earthworks and habitat translocation.

Marc was heavily involved with the preparation of the case for the public enquiry that resulted after the initial refusal of planning permission.

The golf course achieved 8th place in the top 100 golf courses in the UK and Ireland even before it had officially opened.

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