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Mackenzie & Ebert

International Golf Course Architects

The 2015 Review


Mackenzie & Ebert enjoyed an exceptionally busy 2015.

Some highlights include:

Royal Portrush

By the end of the year, construction was well underway on the changes to the Dunluce Course to make

it ready for The Open Championship. In October, the date for the event was announced as 2019.

All of the works to the Valley Course and the Skerries Course have been completed. The new holes on

the Dunluce Course will be ready for play in the early summer of 2017.

Trump Turnberry

Work at Turnberry included the construction of the new Pitch & Putt Course and a new Short Game Area

in the first half of the year. Work on the Ailsa Course started at a furious pace when the course and hotel

closed at the end of September. The target of rebuilding and turfing all 18 greens was achieved by the

end of the year. 2016 will see the completion of the project with the course to open on 1 st June.

2015 Construction

Reconstruction work continued to dominate with projects underway in Canada, England, Finland,

France, Holland, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain.

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The Open Venues

As well as the major projects at Royal Portrush and Turnberry, input has also been provided to 5 of the other venues.

Bunkers were added to the 15 th hole at Royal Troon, 39 bunkers were filled and 4 added at Royal Lytham, plans for

reconstructing the 2 iconic bunkers on the 4 th hole were made at Royal St. George’s, Open Practice Ground plans were

drawn up at Carnoustie and a commission to advise at Royal Liverpool has been made at the end of the year.

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Vantaa, Helsinki, Finland

Construction started on this new course very close to Helsinki Airport. The course is being built in two phases with the

front nine well underway and the back nine awaiting landfill before the golf construction can commence. It will be the

first course in Finland to offer pay and play golf.

2015 Notable Projects


Sadly every project cannot be mentioned but some other notable projects are:

Angus Glen, Markham, Canada

The renovated South Course hosted the PanAm Games in July. Focus has moved onto the North Course with a bunker

refurbishment project carried out and long term strategic planning.

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Club de Golf Terramar, Sitges, Spain

The Club has continued to make good progress with the implementation of a masterplan for its course which has a Tom

Simpson layout at its roots. The beautiful 3 rd green set right beside the ocean opened in the summer.

2015 Notable Projects


Golf Country Club de Cannes Mougins, Côte d’Azur, France

The plan was to execute the first phase of the bunker reconstruction at this former European Tour venue, but the Club

decided that work had gone so well that work continued. All three phases were completed between January and July

and the work included building three new greens and rebuilding every single bunker on the course.

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Vierumäki, Finland

This 36 hole complex continued with the reconstruction project for all of the greens on its older Classic Course. Six

greens were rebuilt through the year on this beautiful sand, heather and pine course which is located just over an hour

north of Helsinki. The project will continue in 2016 with 7 greens left to rebuild.

2015 Notable Projects


Exeter Golf & Country Club, Devon , England

A major re-routing of the course was undertaken to reduce the impact of new housing alongside various holes.

This work involved 4 new greens and 5 sets of tees.

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Golf Club Scotland, Slovakia

September saw the opening of the 9 hole course at Golf Club Scotland to go with their driving range, 6 hole par 3

course and 80m long putting green. It is a superb facility for people to start to play the game in this emerging market.

This is a dream come true for the founders of the Club who made a pledge that they would build a course in Slovakia

that embodies all that is great about Scottish golf.

2015 Notable Projects


Kedleston Park Golf Club, Derbyshire, England

The final phase of rebuilding all of the bunkers on the course took place this autumn. Over the past two years since the

work started, the Club has filled its membership list, re-opened its waiting list and is charging an entry fee in an area

where most clubs are struggling. It shows that investing in the course is worthwhile.

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Oakmere Park Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, England

Having produced a course design audit in 2014, the first phase of work started in 2015. Bunkers were rebuilt on the

Admiral’s Course and two new greens on the Commander’s Course to create room to add a par three nine hole course.

A rough edged bunker style has been adopted on this sand based course.

2015 Notable Projects


Trevose Golf and Country Club, Cornwall, England

In October, we were appointed to produce a masterplan for Trevose, a lovely Harry Colt layout on the North Cornwall

coast. So enthusiastic were the Club’s owners that work started on the 13 th green and 2 nd hole in early December.

The aim is to use the best features of the course as the inspiration for strengthening the whole course

over the coming years.

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2015 Notable Projects


Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

The Annesley Links, which weaves its way through the No.1 Course, now has three completely new holes taking the

layout as close to the sea as any of the 36 holes. The views from all three holes are stunning. They are routed around a

huge sand hill which forms such a significant landmark behind the 3 rd green on the No.1 Course. At the end of the year,

the planning moved onto the new practice ground that the creation of the new holes allows space for.

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2015 Notable Projects


Once again this year, we have been entrusted to work on many of the great courses across the British Isles,

Europe and also in Canada. Working sensitively on courses where the great old architects have worked is part

of what we have always done in our careers.

Harry Colt

Herbert Fowler

Dr A MacKenzie

Philip Mackenzie Ross

Old Tom Morris

John Morrison

Tom Simpson

James Braid

Willie Park Junior

Architect Courses With Direct M&E Involvement In 2015

Where The Great Old Architects Worked

Burnham & Berrow, Effingham, Royal Belfast, Royal Lytham and St. Annes, Royal

Portrush, Royal Wimbledon, Trevose

RAC Woodcote Park, Saunton and Delamere Forest

Royal Troon (Old)

Turnberry (Ailsa)

Askernish, Royal County Down, Royal Dornoch

Kedleston Park, Trevose

Club de Golf Terramar, Cruden Bay

Edzell, Goodwood, Exeter

Royal Wimbledon, Gullane No 1, No 2 and No 3, Silloth On Solway

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Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Planning visit for the exciting changes

January

The 15 th green


Oakmere Park Nottinghamshire, England

Phase 1 of course upgrade works commenced

January

The re-bunkering of the 11 th fairway underway


Royal Troon South Ayrshire, Scotland

The adjustments are almost ready for the 2016 Open

January

The 15 th hole with its new fairway completely blended in


Golf At Goodwood West Sussex, England

7 th Hole

January

Reconstruction of bunkers on 10 holes completed


Milltown Dublin, Ireland

Revision to 7 th hole resulting from new tee

January

7 th hole project is completed


Cannes Mougins Côte d’Azur, France

Start of Phase 1 work rebuilding greens and bunkers

January

The 11 th green was completely rebuilt


Saunton North Devon, England

Re-bunkering work planned on Herbert Fowler’s East Course

January

Locating new bunkers on the 11 th hole


Saunton North Devon, England

Re-bunkering work planned on Herbert Fowler’s East Course

January

Visualisation of revised hole


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Planning visit to assess the changes to the Dunluce

January

The 13 th green


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

A rare dry day

February

The Pitch & Putt Course


Kedleston Park Derbyshire, England

Bunkers on 6 more holes redesigned and re-built

February

The re-bunkered 17 th hole


Portmarnock Dublin, Ireland

The carry of the 3 rd hole on the Yellow Nine

February

Marram grass placement giving immediate maturity


Cannes Mougins Côte d’Azur, France

Phase 1 work rebuilding greens and bunkers proceeds well

February

The 11 th green nearing completion


Oakmere Park Nottinghamshire, England

First phase of bunker work continues at a good pace

February

The re-bunkering of the 1 st hole takes shape


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Grow in visit for the three new holes on the Annesley Links

February

The view from the 9 th tee


Royal Dornoch Sutherland, Scotland

Ongoing advice on Championship Course

February

Focussing on the 5 th and 12 th holes initially


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

The investment begins

March

A completely new fleet of machinery arrives


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

The shadows are taking shape

March

The Pitch & Putt Course


Oakmere Park Nottinghamshire, England

Phase1 of course upgrade works completed

March

1 st hole works all turfed


Banstead Downs London, England

Bunker assessment

March

The 5 th hole


Royal Mid Surrey Richmond, England

Review of new greens

March

The par 3 6 th hole


Cannes Mougins Côte d’Azur, France

Phase 1 work proceeding well.

March

The 14 th with new drive bunkering and a new green


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

The transformation is complete

March

The Pitch & Putt Course


Delamere Forest Cheshire, England

Course record holder, Maurice Bembridge, aged 70, opens the redesigned course

March

He plays an exhibition with fellow record holder, 16 year old, Lewis George


Yale University Golf Course Connecticut, USA

An invitation to address the Yale Business School

April

Charles Blair MacDonald and Seth Raynor’s famous 9 th hole


Royal Worlington & Newmarket Suffolk, England

Advisory visit

April

The putting green and 9 th green


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Planning visit

April

The famous ‘Calamity Corner’


Royal Lytham & St Annes Lancashire, England

Planning visit for bunker filling

April

The 18 th green


European Institute of Golf Course Architects Annual Meeting North Berwick, Scotland

April

Tom starts his two year Presidency


EIGCA Annual Conference North Berwick, Scotland

April

North Berwick’s challenging greens inspired a debate on green design


Galgorm Castle County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

April

The Himalayas Putting Green


Exeter Devon, England

Work starts on the course re-alignment

April

The majestic clubhouse


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Course changes booklet produced

April


The Proposed 4 th Hole


The Proposed 9 th Hole


The Proposed 9 th Hole


The Proposed 10 th Hole


The Proposed 11 th Hole


The Proposed 18 th Hole


The Proposed 18 th Hole


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Mackenzie & Ebert 10 th Anniversary Celebrations

It is also 25 years that Martin and Tom have worked together

April

The 9 th hole


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Mackenzie & Ebert 10 th Anniversary Celebrations

April

Three kilts on show!


Cannes Mougins Côte d’Azur, France

Phase 1 nearing completion

April

Bunker lining product, Capillary Concrete, is installed in all bunkers


Pickala Golf Helsinki, Finland

Visit to assess the new putting green and review the new 10 th and 11 th greens

April

The new 10 th hole


Pickala Golf Helsinki, Finland

The new 10 th green

April

Balls showing all of the unrepaired pitch marks!


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

April

The huge short game area taking shape


Club de Golf Terramar Sitges, Spain

Visit to review grow in of new 3 rd hole

May

The new 3 rd hole almost complete


Golf El Prat Barcelona, Spain

A refereeing visit to the Spanish Open

May

Just enough bunkers!


Royal Troon South Ayrshire, Scotland

Visit to review the course changes

May

Ecologically valuable bare sand areas have been formed


Cannes Mougins Côte d’Azur, France

Phase 2 work brought forward and continues immediately after Phase 1

May

17 th drive bunkers being turfed


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Grow in visit during the Irish Open

May

What a landscape!


Vantaa Helsinki, Finland

Construction visit

June

Construction underway


Tuusula Helsinki, Finland

Visit to show prospective clients green and bunker construction

June

Bunker trimming to sharpen shapes


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Grow in visit

June

Translocation of heather and marram sprigging into bare sand


Aislaby Somerset, England

A playing visit

June

The 5 th looking a real picture


Furesø Copenhagen, Denmark

The Club celebrates its 40 th anniversary by opening its rebuilt course

June

Every green surround and bunker rebuilt


Vantaa Helsinki, Finland

Construction visit

June

A focus on green shaping adjustments


Exeter Devon, England

New 18 th green and pond built

June

The new pond filling up


Levi Golf Lapland, Finland

Planning visit

June

A first visit to Lapland to plan a new 1 st green


Vierumäki Finland

Construction and grow in review visit

June

The 7 th green growing in


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

Open Final Qualifying

June

The wonderful 1 st green


Angus Glen Toronto, Canada

South Course hosts the PanAm Games

July

The 8 th hole on the South Course


Cannes Mougins Côte d’Azur, France

Phase 2 continues through the heat of the summer

July

New drive bunkers on the 7 th hole


Exeter Devon, England

New 18 th green and pond built

July

Everything greening up on the 18th


Golf At Goodwood West Sussex, England

The re-bunkered Phase 1 holes fully in play

July

The 7 th drive bunkers have been moved on and reshaped


Galgorm Castle County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Grow in visit

July

The Himalayas Putting Green


St Andrews Fife, Scotland

The Open

July

The greatest golfing amphitheatre


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

British Women’s Open

July

The Pitch & Putt Course fully grown in


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction and playing visit

July

Construction underway - Trying out the new back tee at ‘Calamity Corner’


Reykjavik Reykjavik, Iceland

Continuing to plan the course redevelopment

July

Looking again at the siting of the 7 th green


Keilir Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

New 10 th and 11 th greens built

July

Construction resumes on the 10 th green


Leynir Akranes, Iceland

Appointed to prepare course design audit

July

Another stunningly beautiful Icelandic course


Cruden Bay Angus, Scotland

Visit to inspect the spectacular new 9 th hole

July

A quick family fourball after an eight hour drive


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Grow in visit

August

Looking down onto the new 9 th hole


Vantaa Helsinki, Finland

Construction visit

August

A seam of sand found to help the construction process


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

August

The new 18 th on the Valley Course


Hurlston Hall Lancashire, England

Course review visit

August

Assessment of the playability of the course


Noord Nederlandse Glimmen, Holland

Course review visit

August

The 12 th green


Keilir Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

10 th green seeded and the 11 th green is started

August

Good germination in the long summer days


Askernish South Uist, Scotland

The annual pilgrimage

August

The wonderful 16 th green


Vantaa Helsinki, Finland

Construction visit

September

Looking out from the clubhouse location over their Himalayas Putting Green


Golf Club Scotland Slovakia

Their new nine hole course opens

September

Pine trees feature on many holes


Golf Club Scotland Slovakia

An outdoor gala opening

September

A light lunch - Slovakia style!


The Wilmslow Cheshire, England

Review of Masterplan

September

9 th green


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

Planning visit

September

Reconstruction of the famous 4 th hole bunkers


Burghley Park Lincolnshire, England

A 10 year course review undertaken

September

The Club celebrated its 125 th anniversary this year


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

September

The view from the lighthouse onto the 10 th hole


Royal Automobile Club Surrey, England

Appointed to advise on Herbert Fowler’s Old Course

Photograph By Bob Atkins

September

Woodcote Park is the setting for The Old Course


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

September

Site transport provided by the Club


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

September

The new par 3 15 th on the Valley Course


EIGCA hosts “To Heath and Links” Golf Architects’ Study Tour South-east England

Photograph By Mark Alexander

September

Sunningdale New, The Berkshire Red, Royal St. George’s and Royal Cinque Ports played


EIGCA hosts “To Heath and Links” Golf Architects’ Study Tour South-east England

Photograph By Mark Alexander

September

The American and Australian societies were represented. In all, nearly 80 attended.


Vantaa Helsinki, Finland

Construction visit

September

The first grass coming through on the 5 th hole


Vierumäki Finland

Construction and grow in review visit

September The 13 th hole – A great par 3


Mozambique Southern Africa

Feasibility for major development near Tete

September

Majestic baobab trees pepper the site


Prestwick South Ayrshire, Scotland

Review visit

September

The 3 rd green which has a real limitation of flag positions


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

September

The 11 th hole taking shape


Angus Glen Toronto, Canada

South Course review and North Course planning visit

October

The 16 th hole on the South Course


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

October

The 9 th hole completed


Leamington & County Warwickshire, England

Course re-routed because of a new housing development

October

The new downhill par 3 18 th hole


Edzell Brechin, Scotland

Construction visit

October

2 nd hole fairway regrading


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

October

Inspiration gained from Harry Colt’s great shapes


Silloth On Solway Cumbria, England

10 year review

October

Looking at various layout and bunkering issues


Oakmere Park Nottinghamshire, England

Planning for phase 2 works in 2016

October

Phase 1 bunkers are now in play


Royal Belfast Belfast, Northern Ireland

Continuing advice on this lovely Harry Colt layout

October

The completed 17 th hole with further re-bunkering underway on the 2 nd and 3 rd holes


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

October

The 11 th hole completed


Trevose Cornwall, England

Appointed to advise on strengthening the links

October

Another great old Harry Colt layout


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Course changes booklet produced

October


The Proposed 7 th Hole


The Proposed 7 th Green


The Proposed 8 th Hole


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit and Open Announcement

October 2019!


Saunton North Devon, England

11 th bunkers taking shape

October

The hole is tightened up significantly


Saunton North Devon, England

11 th bunkers completed

October

The original strategy of the hole is restored


Fulford York, England

Construction visit

October

The 17 th hole where Bernhard Langer played from halfway up the tree


Royal Troon South Ayrshire, Scotland

Review of 15 th hole bunkers

October

Two bunkers added to the left of the new fairway


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

October

A serious approach hazard at the new par 3 6 th hole


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

October

The revetted bunker


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

October

Cores and overseeding greening up on the new 18 th Valley fairway


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

October

Work underway on the 10 th hole


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

October

Working all hours!


Carnoustie Angus, Scotland

Planning visit

October

Review of Open practice facilities, a few holes on the Championship Course and a new 16 th green on the Burnside Course


Kedleston Park Derbyshire, England

The remaining bunkers are rebuilt

October

The bunkers are now much more visually appealing and challenge better players more


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

November

The 18 th Valley fairway looking like a golf hole


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

November

The new 2 nd green well underway


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

November

And the 8 th green not far behind


Lauswolt Beetsterzwaag, Holland

Construction visit

November

Bunker construction review – 16 th hole


Effingham Surrey, England

Bunkers on four more holes are reshaped

November

Right greenside bunker on the 12 th taking shape


Royal Lytham & St Annes Lancashire, England

Construction visit

November

The new surrounds of the 5 th green


Kedleston Park Derbyshire, England

The remaining bunkers are rebuilt

November

Completed greenside bunkers on the 12th


Cruden Bay Angus, Scotland

Visit to site fairway bunkers on 10 th hole

November

The bunkers are placed to make the longer players really think about what they are doing


Gullane No 1, 2 and 3 East Lothian, Scotland

Course review visit

November

Re-bunkering of the 6 th on No 1 is underway


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

November

The rough edged approach bunker restored in size and shape


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

November

The new 14 th hole is complete


Royal Liverpool The Wirral, England

Planning visit

November

Assessment of the 8 th , 9 th and 17 th holes


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

November

The new 7 th hole is taking shape


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

November

And the new 8 th hole is shaped


Turnberry South Ayrshire, Scotland

Construction visit

December

The returfed 16 th green


Club de Golf Terramar Sitges, Spain

Visit to review grow in

December

The new 3 rd hole


Minthis Hills Cyprus

Two new holes planned and ongoing advice on the course

December

A spectacular backdrop for the new holes


Minthis Hills Cyprus

First sight of their wonderful new clubhouse

December

An attractive blend of modern and traditional design


Trevose Cornwall, England

Work on the 2 nd and 13 th starts within a month of appointment

December

New rugged drive bunkers on the 2nd


Trevose Cornwall, England

Work on the 2 nd and 13 th starts within a month of appointment

December

The 13 th green and surrounds have been rebuilt


Royal Lytham & St Annes Lancashire, England

Construction visit

December

The new bunker at the 11 th hole


Effingham Surrey, England

Bunkers on four more holes are reshaped

December

The re-bunkered 11 th green


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Construction visit

December

The new 2 nd green


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