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The Usual Friendly Warning!

This year’s review is packed with more than just photographs again. There are videos

included as well which does lengthen the viewing time but you can always shorten the

videos by grabbing the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to fast forward through

them more quickly. You can also flick to the next slide if you do not want to view a video.

Happy viewing!

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Royal Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

It is hard to think that after all of the hard work, the revised Dunluce Course with its two new holes, is set to host The

Open Championship in 2019. All of the changes have bedded in extremely well despite the drought of the summer.

The course hosted The Boys Amateur Championship in August and there were some fantastic performances in spite

of some testing conditions. Work has continued on infrastructure projects through 2018 and thoughts have even

turned to any adjustments which might be made to the Dunluce, Valley and Skerries Courses after The Open.

Looking Down Onto The New 7 th Hole

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Royal Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The 8 th & 10 th Greens

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Royal Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

In May 2018, the prestigious Hirono Golf Club appointed Mackenzie & Ebert to advise upon its wonderful course

which was designed by Charles Hugh Alison of Colt, Alison & Morrison in 1930. The opportunity to follow in the

footsteps of Charles Hugh Alison in travelling to Japan to provide input to a course which has meant so much to

Japanese golf is a real landmark for the company. It is tremendous that Hirono have the original plans produced by

Mr Alison along with some wonderful photographs of all of the holes. The brief from the Club has been to restore the

original features of the course, especially the playing line of the par 3 13 th hole and the stunning bunkering but also to

make it a test for the best modern day players. Construction begins in January 2019. This includes tree clearance

(although the photographs show that the original course was tree lined) reconstruction and redesign of every green

(the belief is that the contours have been changed over the years), rebuilding every tee and bunker and, in general,

increasing fairway widths towards their former expanse. The course is to be reopened by the end of the 2019.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

As with all of Colt & Alison’s courses, the par 3s used the best of the landform - This was the tee shot at the 5th hole.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

This is the tee shot at the 5th today.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

The original 7 th had some incredible bunkering.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

The 7 th is still a great hole today but not as impressive as it was.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Once again, beautiful detailing of the bunker edging at the old 13 th .

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

The original 13 th hole was played across the lake from an angle which is 90 degrees from where it is played today.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

This photograph shows how much work went into creating the 18 th hole carry bunkering.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

The end result was a hazard that was as beautiful as it was formidable.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

This is the existing tee shot at the 18th hole.

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Hirono Golf Club, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

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The Open Venues

Input has been provided to 6 of the 7 of the Open venues through 2018 (with Carnoustie being the exception due to

it hosting The Open this year of course) which shows that even the most highly rated courses move forward

continuously. That is not to say that all of the changes made have to be new. In some cases, old features can be

restored. The main Open project was at Royal St. George’s to improve the practice facilities but old bunkers and bare

sand areas were also restored on the course itself. Advisory visits were also made to Royal Liverpool, Royal Lytham,

Royal Portrush in preparation for The Open next year, Royal Troon and Trump Turnberry.

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Other notable projects were:-

St. Andrews - New & Eden Courses & Short Game Area

Historical assessments for both the New and Eden Courses at St Andrews have been produced during 2018. Following

on from that, a Masterplan for minor adjustments to the New Course has been prepared, restoring some of the old

features and adding some new ones. For the Eden Course, a long term development plan has been provided which

could offer some exciting possibilities. In addition, the company was commissioned to redesign the St. Andrews Short

Game Area which has been very swiftly conceived and implemented and will be ready for play in the early summer of

2019. Four greens have been added to the old 2 nd green of the Eden Course to turn this into a wonderful place to

learn and hone the short game. St. Andrews Links Trust Golf Director, John Grant, Director of Greenkeeping, Gordon

Moir and Director of Instruction, Steve North, have been fully involved in the design concept. We wish Gordon a very

happy retirement and Sandy Reid, the new Director of Greenkeeping, every success in his new position.

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The New Bare Sand Area To The Right

Of The 9th Hole On The New Course

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Trump Turnberry, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Golf Monthly’s latest Top 100 Golf Courses UK and Ireland 2019/20 rankings saw The Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry

retain its No.1 position for another two years. The major redesign of The Ailsa led to it rising 3 places in the 2017/18

rankings to No.1 but it is almost as difficult to stay in that lofty position as to attain it. Hence the need to constantly

review the challenge that the course presents. With The Ailsa, that has led to some exciting new developments to

strengthen the layout even further. The main change is to the 11 th hole. Already the picture postcard hole of the

course, the green has been enlarged to add some great new flag positions and a new bunker has been added to the

right of the green. The beautiful landscape of this most photogenic hole has been improved with the addition of two

more beach areas in the carry, bare sand areas behind the green and the removal of rough vegetation beyond the

green to reveal more of the distinctive rock outcrops. All in all, this continued investment in The Ailsa Course shows

that there is no danger of resting on laurels!

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Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, Edinburgh, Scotland

The first phase of the redevelopment of the course at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, the fourth oldest club in the

world, was completed in 2017 and came into play this year. In January, the members voted to complete the

redevelopment of the course in 2018. The work commenced in June and was finished by December. It included new

or rebuilt greens on 5 holes creating effectively two completely new holes; the sweeping par 5 9 th and the devilish

160 yards 10 th with the Firth of Forth in the background. All of the bunkers have now been rebuilt, with new tees on 6

holes. The final great addition for members is a giant new putting green in front of the clubhouse.

The re-launched course will be ready for play next spring after a 20 month construction programme.

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Trevose Golf and Country Club, Cornwall, England

The comprehensive make-over of Trevose is nearing completion now and the work on the 3 rd , 6 th and 7 th in 2018

leaves only two holes to re-work. Last year’s work on the 14 th , 15 th and 16 th survived the drought remarkably well and

has transformed what was formerly a less than inspiring corner of the course. Players now have to think their way

through these holes.

This year, the 3 rd bunkers were turned back to a rough-edged style, the 7 th green was levelled off to add pin positions

and the 6 th hole was completely re-bunkered to make it far more visually appealing and strategically more challenging

for everyone. This may be the most significant change of the whole project, but time will tell. The scrub removal to

create bare sand areas has been done with the blessing of Natural England and is proving to be a win for nature and

just as much of a win for golf, with the inland holes now feeling more in character with the rest of the course.

2019 sees the Senior European Tour arriving in June so it will be interesting to see how the course plays.

The Redesigned 15 th Hole

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Mortonhall Golf Club, Edinburgh, Scotland

Set high on Braid Hills overlooking Edinburgh, Mortonhall recognised that to offer its members better conditions

year-round, it needed to improve the bunkering on the course. Following a Course Audit in 2017, the Club made the

decision to rebuild and line all of the bunkers to stop stone migration into the sand which had long been a problem.

September and October 2018 saw the first of two phases finished, making the best of an unseasonably dry spell of

weather. Having originally intended to wait until 2020 to complete the programme, such was the members’

enthusiasm to complete the project, the decision has been made to complete the project in 2019.

The 2 nd Teeshot With The New Bunkers Shaped Up

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Princes, Kent, England

The ‘reimagined’ Himalayas Nine opened for play on 1 st May 2018. This saw the short par 3 5 th hole (pictured below)

played for the first time, giving the layout a different direction of play and superb views of the sea from the tee and

green. However, every hole has been given a real makeover and it has been very well received by everyone who has

played the course. Work has now switched to focus on the Shore & Dunes Nines with a new hole to be built between

the 4 th & 5 th holes on the Shore to replace the existing 8 th . Some bunker restyling was carried out in early 2018 and

was ready for play for Open Final Qualifying in July. The rest of the bunkers are being reworked, bare sand areas

created, tees and tee surrounds relandscaped and greens extended by mowing out to restore former sizes.

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Princes, Kent, England

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Royal Cinque Ports, Kent, England

2018 saw the fruition of the design work of the previous year with the 2 nd , 3 rd , 5 th , 10 th & 16 th holes and Short Game

Green projects being completed by the end of 2018. The notable changes have been at the 3 rd & 16 th . The new set of

tees for the 3 rd gives the hole better shape and additional length and a ridge of dunes has been formed to the right of

the fairway giving it much more seclusion. The old second route to play the wonderful 16 th hole has been restored

and the construction of a new short game area will provide the members and visitors with a great practice facility.

The Wonderful 16 th Hole

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Royal Cinque Ports, Kent, England

This plan shows the 16 th hole as it was before the changes were made.

It has always been blessed with one of the best greens in the world of golf but there has always been the question of

whether the hole should be a par 4 or a par 5 although it must have been a bogey 5 in the old days and the green and

its approach are par 5 in character. There have also been flooding issues in the very low second half of the hole.

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Royal Cinque Ports, Kent, England

This plan shows the 16 th hole as it was after the Second World War.

It is clearly seen that the second part of the fairway was split into two sections. A lower part and an upper section

which disappeared at some point up. The tee shot would have been fearsome with the three large cross bunkers as

obstacles and the fairway was also very narrow for the tee shot. It is unusual to find fairways narrower than today.

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Royal Cinque Ports, Kent, England

This plan shows the redesign of the 16 th hole.

A new back tee has been added to make the hole into a proper par 5. It actually adds more than the 25 yards that the

tee has been taken back as now drives will land into an upslope rather than a downslope. The fairway has been

extended back towards the tees but the landing area bunkers are now much larger and rough edged in character. The

restoration of the higher second half of fairway gives a great view into the green and ensures that the hole can be

played even if the lower section were to flood again in the future.

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Royal Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

Following on from the preparation of the Bunker Strategy Report in 2017, the greenstaff have started to implement

the proposals. This includes filling some bunkers, forming various new ones, restoring the old large, rough edged

bunkers which are apparent in the old plans and converting existing revetted fairway bunkers to this same rough

edged style. This will transform the look of some of the holes.

The Previously Restored Bunker At The

5 th Hole Shows What Can Be Produced

Burnham & Berrow, Somerset, England

The reworked 6 th green was opened in early May. The intention was to make the green much more friendly to shots

played up the green rather than the surface repelling the ball off to the left and right. The key was retaining sufficient

shape in the surface to provide interest and to blend in with the other beautifully contoured greens at Burnham.

This change to the green works well in terms of timing with the construction of the new tees for the hole on the high

dune to the right of the 5 th green. There can be few sights on a links course more exhilarating. 2019 looks to be an

equally exciting time with the Club commissioning a full Historical Assessment and Masterplan to provide a long

term programme for the further development of the course. Already unearthed have been reports from Harry Colt

and his partner, Charles Hugh Alison, who was a respected member of the Club.

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Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland

Portmarnock will host The Amateur Championship in 2019. The dunes formed to the left of the 2 nd hole, behind the

6 th green and on the 10 th hole have settled in very well. The practice facilities project was completed early in 2018.

This project included the construction of a new Practice Tee, artificially surfaced Target Greens with bunkers on the

Practice Ground and a new Short Game Green.

The Revised 10 th Hole

The Island, Dublin, Ireland

The Island will share the qualifying rounds for The Amateur with Portmarnock in 2019. The plans to reconfigure and

simplify the 1 st tee area were completed during 2018 and the rest of the fairway bunkers were converted to rough

edged hazards. The long term Masterplan was discussed further with the Club for implementation at some stage after

The Amateur Championship.

The Short Par 4 5 th Hole

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Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

It would be hard to improve upon the reputation of the Championship Links and its fearsome bunkers at Royal County

Down. Hence it was with a little trepidation that we approached the task of reviewing both the course itself and the

bunkering. Once again, a most stimulating exercise of collecting historical photographs of the course has been a

valuable precursor to assessing whether there are any meaningful changes which can be made without spoiling the

quality of the course and its features. There have been a surprising amount of possible improvements to some of the

holes so 2019 will see a distillation of those ideas to end up with a final set of proposals. With the bunkering, the key

has been to maintain the wonderful ruggedness of the bunker surrounds while making the toughest of them a little

more playable. Work has already started on the bunkers with some excellent results.

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Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

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Nairn, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Having drawn up and submitted a draft Course Audit in the previous year, 2018 saw swift progress, with

presentations to Past Captains and Members, followed by a Special General Meeting when approval was given for the

project. Work started in November 2018 with three new greens built and turfed by the end of the year.

This renowned course has hosted many amateur championships over the years, including The Walker Cup and the

Curtis Cup. A members’ survey highlighted that shorter players found the course unfairly difficult. This plan,

therefore, addresses that point with forward tees being added and carry bunkers being removed, while adjusting

bunkering to reinforce the Club’s championship status. The most significant changes that benefit all are new greens

on the 1 st , 7 th and 14 th . The former two have been elevated to give much better views of the Moray Firth and beach

that were missing before. Green surrounds on a further 12 holes are to be reshaped and bunkering adjusted to

encourage greater diversity of shot-making around the greens.

The New 7 th Green

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Haywards Heath, Sussex, England

Haywards Heath Golf Club has been involved in protracted negotiations with housing developer, Fairfax, that will see

it relocating to a new site to allow its present course to be used for residential development.

The Club plan to buy nearby Lindfield Golf Club and additional land in order to build a completely new course there.

This year has seen layout plans drawn up and presented to the members who voted overwhelmingly to go ahead

with the relocation. It will give them a course that is better than their present course with high specification greens,

tees, bunkers, paths, drainage and irrigation. Few would have chosen this as a route for the Club, but it does offer a

great opportunity for its future.

The Lovely Views From The Land Over The Sussex Weald

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Royal Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland

The new 7 th green was built early in 2018 as the first stage of the re-alignment of the whole hole to the right, making

the most of the scarp on the right and the majestic views available out to sea and down across the course.

The existing 7 th green is an excellent one and the decision was taken to replicate it as closely as possible, something

which was achieved but it proved to be much more difficult than at first it seemed. The alignment of the new green is

key and much time was spent finding the optimum angle. The greenstaff masterminded the process and their

dedication to echo the existing green in the new one has produced a great result. The new green was cored and

seeded in the spring and establishment has been so strong that the programme for the rest of the hole is being

accelerated so that the new hole will be ready for play in 2020, when the Club hosts the Home Internationals again.

The New 7 th Green Replicates The Existing Green As Closely As Possible

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Royal Wimbledon, Surrey, England

Phase 3 of the Course Development Plan was successfully completed this year, with the 6 th , 11 th , 13 th and 17 th holes

now ticked off the list. As with last year, the work includes sympathetically re-routing and re-surfacing paths so that

they do not detract from the playing experience, tree clearance to open up views and give the heather a chance and

reworking the bunkers to give them more character, lining them at the same time.

This year’s work also included a subtle mellowing of the 17 th green, which was so steep in sections that shots were

spinning off (sometimes being putted off!) with balls ending up 40 yards away in the trees. It will remain a steep

green but good shots will be rewarded again.

The 17 th Green Being Softened And The Bunkers Re-built

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Effingham Golf Club, Surrey, England

Following the completion of the final phase of its bunker reconstruction programme in 2017, the Club marked the reopening

of its renovated course with a pro-am on 21 st May 2018, playing for the Mackenzie Quaich. David Copsey, the

former European Tour player, won with an impressive 66 on what was a wonderful day in all respects.

The bunker renovation has been carried out alongside an impressive tree management programme that has opened

up expansive views across London as far as the Wembley Arch and Canary Wharf. The best specimens now have room

to flourish. One of the key figures behind the project coming to fruition, Howard Lago, sadly died this year without

being able to enjoy the fruits of his efforts. It was a pleasure to have worked with a man with such passion.

Completed Bunkers On The 17 th Hole

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Harewood Downs, Buckinghamshire, England

Many Clubs take years to implement bunker reconstruction plans, but Harewood Downs took the radical step of

rebuilding every bunker on the course in one golfing season. They planned their board competitions to be played by

the end of August and accepted significant disruption over the autumn. The benefit is that, by April 2019, they will

have a “new” course to play again rather than having successive winters of disruption to put up with and a longer

wait to play the finished product.

The work has involved reducing bunker numbers and moving bunkers more into play for the better players. This will

toughen it as a test for these players, while making things a little easier for the shorter players.

Restyled Bunkers On The 3 rd Hole – 4 Bunkers Down To 3

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Fulwell, Middlesex, England

After three years of work, 2018 saw the final phases of the complete bunker reconstruction completed. On largely flat

terrain, the approach has been to give the bunkers strong shapes as they are a key part of the character of the

course. Now that the programme is complete, it will be interesting to see how the work is received. With the new

shapes and crumb-rubber liner in every one, the Club should be well placed to attract more visitors, guests and new

members, more than justifying the significant investment.

The Right Greenside Bunker On The 17th

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Liphook, Hampshire, England

2018 has been spent preparing and submitting a planning application for the proposed course re-alignment project.

This has also allowed time to work up the proposals in more detail and to show the members what is being planned

in more detail too. Work starts in the spring of 2019, with the greens being grassed with cores in August.

The Proposed 9 th Hole

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Oakmere Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, England

The upgrade of The Admiral’s Course was completed in 2018 with the final bunkers reshaped and a new 14 th green

built that allows the existing 16 th to be dropped out. The new 7 th and 8 th hole arrangement also opened for play this

year, the 8 th being a short downhill par three that replaces a steep uphill and blind par three, which cannot be bad.

Sitting on the same soil as county neighbours Notts, Coxmoor and Sherwood Forest, Oakmere now offers interesting

and varied holes that cater well for all standard of players. It is well worth a visit when in the area.

The New 8 th Hole

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North Hants, Hampshire, England

With a water main being planned to be tunnelled beneath its course requiring a construction access compound close

to its 15 th hole, North Hants needed to create an additional hole within its layout to ensure that their members

always have 18 proper holes to play. This involved moving the existing 3 rd green back to allow the 3 rd hole to be split

into two sporty short par fours. Completed in May 2018, the grass has established strongly and will be fully playable

and ready for hosting the English Amateur in 2019.

The New Green Of The 3 rd During The Grow-in Period

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2018 - South American Projects

The company continued to be busy in South America with the first phase of the project at Lima being completed and

in play and, by the end of the year, the second phase of work had started.

A number of visits were made to South America during the year to Lima and to continue the planning processes at

and to make presentations to the members of Los Leones in Chile and CUBA in Argentina and to make initial visits to

Rio Cuarto near Cordoba in Argentina and Club El Rodeo in Medellín, Colombia. The Masterplans for Pilar and

Martindale in Argentina are still to be programmed for implementation.

Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Los Leones Santiago, Chile

Club El Rodeo Medellín, Colombia

Rio Cuarto Córdoba, Argentina

CUBA Fátima, Argentina

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Lima Golf Club, Lima, Peru

The project at Lima is a great example of how quickly concept plans can be turned into reality. The first visit was made

to Lima in March 2017 and, by May 2018, the Club’s annual invitation tournament was played over the reconfigured

course and the elite players in the field were able to practise on the brand new driving range. The practice facilities

have, in some ways, been the focus of the project but the course has been strengthened as well with a new par 3 9 th

hole, a new 8 th green and revisions to the routing of the 1 st and 10 th holes. A second phase of work is now underway

with all existing bunkers being reshaped, new ones added and all fairways being upgraded with Bermuda grass.

The double ended driving range has three artificial target greens which can be used as a short course for beginners

and juniors when the range is closed, giving the Club a great facility to allow new golfers to take their first steps in

playing the game. A fun putting green has been added at the Clubhouse taking its concept from the Himalayas at St.

Andrews. It has been aptly named ‘The Limalayas’!

The State Of The Art Driving Range

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Lima Golf Club, Lima, Peru

The State Of The Art Driving Range

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Minthis Resort, Cyprus

With the new 11 th hole now open, focus turned to building the new 10 th hole. Set on steep, mountainous terrain, it

has been an engineering exercise with the aim of producing a beautiful, natural-looking and fun hole. The work took

four months to complete with seeding in September and strong establishment before the winter rains.

The new hole is certainly spectacular and offers glorious views across a river valley towards the Troodos Mountains

and Mount Olympus.

The resort development continues apace with a large Village Square and Wellness Centre that will become the hub of

this extremely successful venture by developers, Pafilia.

The Dramatic New 10 th Hole

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Existing Course Projects In Iceland

Activity in Iceland continued in 2018, with new work being planned.

Keilir

The exciting news from Keilir is that they are resuming work in 2019 on their course re-development with the

construction of the new 13 th green in the summer. This is a plan that re-aligns their back nine to make more of the

rocky coastline.

Grafarholt, Reykjavik

The reconstruction of Iceland’s oldest course, Grafarholt, is a huge task because of the rocky ground conditions. It is

taking time, but plans are moving forward that will see Iceland’s “Old Course” sympathetically reworked.

Grafarholt Is Iceland’s Oldest Course, So Sympathetic Treatment Is Of Paramount Importance

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Existing Course Projects In Finland

The company’s long history of advising courses in Finland has continued in 2018 at Pickala, Vierumäki & Tuusula.

Pickala

The 4 th , 5 th & 6 th greens on the Seaside Course were constructed in 2018. The remaining greens on the front nine

should be completed in 2019.

The New 8 th Green At Pickala

Vierumäki

All of the greens on the Classic Course have now been reconstructed. There are now many good flag positions which

will influence the way that the holes play and will provide some interesting short game recovery shots and putts.

The New 13 th Green At Vierumäki

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Club de Golf Terramar, Sitges, Spain

The original nine hole course at Terramar, just south of Barcelona, was designed by Tom Simpson in 1927. The

Masterplan for the back nine, to add two replacement holes on the course, is well underway and should be

completed in 2019. The lake between the 15 th and 16 th holes was enlarged during the year and formed a great

feature for the Ladies European Tour event played over the course in September.

This Will Become The New 12 th Hole At Terramar

Noordwijkse, Holland

Work with the Green Committee and the Club’s ecologists has continued during 2018 to assess how the project to

rebuild, enlarge and possibly reposition the greens might be achieved. This is in the light of the likely pesticide

restrictions which will come into force in Holland over the next few years.

The 4 th Green At Noordwijkse

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Northumberland

2018 has seen continued progress with the implementation of the Masterplans which have been drawn up for two

renowned courses in Northumberland.

Bamburgh Castle

As reported last year, the bunker refurbishment on the 1 st and 18 th was completed before the spring of 2018 on this

spectacularly beautiful Northumberland course. Work then resumed in the autumn on the 2 nd , 3 rd , 10 th and 17 th . The

work on the 10 th involves breaking through a rocky ridge to give a view of the green on this par 3 hole.

The Tantalising 17th At Bamburgh

Northumberland

Following the production of a Masterplan for Northumberland Golf Club last year, work was carried out on the 14 th in

early 2018 with more work getting underway on the 12 th and 16 th holes in December.

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New Commissions In 2018

2018 has seen a influx of new commissions with many of them being highly ranked courses.

These include the renowned Hirono in Japan, the links of Conwy, Formby, Hillside, Hopeman, La Moye, Littlestone,

North Berwick, Royal North Devon, Royal West Norfolk and Western Gailes and the heathland courses of Hankley

Common, Luffenham Heath and Walton Heath (Old & New Courses), the wonderful 9 hole course at Flempton in

Suffolk and Boundary Lakes in Hampshire.

The 18th Green At Hankley Common

The 17th Hole At Littlestone

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New Commissions In 2018

Royal North Devon, Devon, England

Royal North Devon is England’s oldest club but it is facing the threat of a serious coastal erosion problem, with no

prospect of being allowed to protect itself with rock armour because it is now against government policy. The 8 th tee

was lost to the sea in early 2018 and the task was to devise a plan that did not degrade the golf experience if at all

possible. Thankfully, such a plan was found and it could be argued that, not only does it provide a long-term solution

for the Club, but it may even improve the course. It involves a new par three 8 th set high on raised ground with

excellent views towards Saunton, up the estuary, out to sea and across the course.

A Spectacular Day For Drone Flights Showing Off Chris’s Skills

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New Commissions In 2018

Royal West Norfolk, Norfolk, England

At the end of 2018, an appointment to advise Royal West Norfolk Golf Club upon its iconic links was received. This

will, no doubt, be a stimulating exercise to first of all research the evolution of the course and then to develop

sensitive proposals for its improvement.

A Truly Old Fashioned Links

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New Commissions In 2018

Formby, Liverpool, England

While the company has advised Formby in the past, the Club have now commissioned a full Masterplan Report to

improve the existing course and to consider long term solutions to combat the erosion issues faced by the course.

The Par 4 11 th Hole

Hillside, Southport, England

The raw material for the course at Hillside, and in particular the back nine, is second to none. The Club have

commissioned a Masterplan Report to make the most of its potential. It will host the British Masters in May 2019.

The 17 th Green At Hillside

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New Commissions In 2018

Walton Heath, Surrey, England

Following a competitive selection process, it was wonderful to be appointed to advise Walton Heath on the long term

planning of both its Old and New Courses, including a Historic Research Study to underpin recommendations. The

Club is also in the process of trying to relocate their clubhouse to eliminate the road crossings which will involve the

relocation of the 1 st hole of the Old Course, which also needs to be planned.

Having hosted a Ryder Cup, numerous European Opens and the 2018 British Masters, there is clearly no need for

revolution on the courses. The Club is keen to plan positive evolution on its courses and these studies will help to

formulate long term plans to do that without losing the spirit of Walton Heath.

Walton Heath’s Lovely Open Character

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New Commissions In 2018

The Study Is To Look At Practice Facilities, Lengths of Carries and Bunker Styles

Western Gailes, Ayrshire, Scotland

The appointment to advise Western Gailes this summer was another highlight. The Historic Research Study has been

produced and recommendations will soon be drawn up. Particular attention is being given to the practice facilities,

the lengths of carries and the set up of tees and to provide input on bunker styles.

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New Commissions In 2018

La Moye, Jersey, Channel Islands

After a preliminary visit in August, La Moye confirmed our appointment to advise the Club on future plans in

December 2018. A Club with a long history, it was a regular stop on the European Tours and, although those days may

now have gone, the members are keen to continue to improve the course. There is certainly scope to achieve this and

it is exciting to be involved in the process.

The Majestic Views That Are Such A Feature Of Golf At La Moye

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New Commissions In 2018

Luffenham Heath, Rutland, England

Having hosted Regional Qualifying for The Open in recent years, Luffenham Heath is not resting on its laurels and

have commissioned a Historic Research Study and Course Review to help them plan for the coming years. Already

recognised as one of the top courses in the region, the Club is keen to consolidate this reputation and make its golf

offering as good as possible for its members and visitors.

Luffenham Heath’s Lovely Under-Stated Clubhouse

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New Commissions In 2018

Boundary Lakes, Hampshire, England

Attached to The Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket Club, Boundary Lakes is a new course that opened in 2017.

They have been able to buy additional land to expand onto and they also want guidance on bunker shaping and other

aspects of the course design.

The New Land For Holes

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Update On Older Commissions

Moor Hall, West Midlands, England

An insightful Historic Research Study has driven a bunker renovation programme that will bring back some

magnificent old bunker shapes that had been completely lost over the decades. Work starts in summer 2019.

Worthing, Sussex, England

Work on the 8 th and 11 th was completed in early 2018, with the bunkers on the 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd being tackled in the

autumn. This will improve their appearance and the lining will provide more consistent conditions year round.

Bunker Lining With Astroturf Underway At Worthing

Rothley Park, Leicester, England

The long-standing relationship with Rothley Park continued in 2018 with work being planned for early 2019 on the 7 th

and 12 th holes.

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

Europe. Working sensitively on courses where the great old architects plied their trade is part of what we have

always done in our careers.

Harry Colt

Architect

Charles Hugh Alison (with Harry Colt)

Herbert Fowler

Dr A MacKenzie

Philip Mackenzie Ross

Old Tom Morris

John Morrison

Tom Simpson

James Braid

Courses With Direct M&E Involvement In 2018

Where The Great Old Architects Worked

St Andrews Eden, Burnham & Berrow, Cannes Mougin, Hamilton, Prestbury, Royal Belfast, Royal

Portrush, Royal Wimbledon, Trevose and Worthing

Effingham, Hirono, Northumberland and Royal Lytham and St. Annes

Delamere Forest, RAC Woodcote Park, Saunton and Walton Heath

Burnham & Berrow, Bruntsfield Links, Ilkley, Royal Troon (Old)

Turnberry (Ailsa)

Askernish, Prestwick, Royal County Down, Royal Dornoch and St Andrews New

Fulwell, Kedleston Park, Prestbury and Trevose

Club de Golf Terramar and North Hants

Exeter, Bruntsfield Links, Goodwood and Mortonhall

Willie Park Junior Bruntsfield Links, Royal Wimbledon, Gullane No 1, 2 & 3

Herbert Fowler

Philip Mackenzie Ross

Tom Simpson

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Mackenzie & Ebert Are The Current Advisers At These Highlighted Courses In

Golf Monthly’s Top 100 Courses In The UK & Ireland For 2019 / 20

This is an increase from 27 at the beginning of 2018 to 36 of the Top 100 Courses by the end of 2018.

The 2018 Review Mackenzie & Ebert


Mackenzie & Ebert Are The Current Advisers At These Highlighted Courses In

Golf Digests’s Top 100 Courses Outside Of The US

This is an increase from 15 at the beginning of 2018 to 19 of the Top 100 Courses by the end of 2018.

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Chris Huggett & His UAV (Drone)

Chris Huggett has been very busy producing plans, earth movement calculations, 3D modelling, visualisations and

historical course studies which have assisted with virtually every project. However, 2018 has seen Chris flying more of

the courses that the company works on to either provide the Clubs with marketing videos and photographs or to

assist with the presentation of our course adjustment proposals. This has helped improve the quality of the

visualisations which we are able to produce to illustrate the proposals.

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Mike Howard

Mike Howard, who joined the company in July 2016, has continued to provide input to many of the company’s

projects. He has made the majority of the visits to Peru to supervise the construction at Lima Golf Club as well as

being closely involved with the work at Princes and the preparation of the Historical Reports and Masterplans.

Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston is the latest member of the team. He started work at the beginning of December with two tough

days of visits to St Andrews, Turnberry, Royal Troon and Western Gailes! He is a law graduate so perhaps he can

emulate Harry Colt & Tom Simpson with a change of discipline for his career.

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Contractors & Greenkeepers

Every project is a collaboration between Club’s greenkeeping teams, contractors and us, as architects. Each part of

the team is equally important for ideas to work in reality. In 2018, we been privileged to work with 1 st Golf, GolfLink

Evolve, John Greasley, Lakeland, Mauro and his team in Lima, Midland Contracting, M.J. Abbott, M.J. Smith,

Profusion and SOL Golf. Everywhere we work the greenkeeping teams are at our sides. A big thank you to everyone.

In November 2018, John Greasley passed away quietly. John was a consummate professional and a true gentleman.

We worked with him for nearly 30 years on successful projects across the UK to Denmark to Cyprus and it was

always a pleasure to deal with him. The good news is that his son, Charlie, will keep the good name going.

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JANUARY

2018

Mackenzie & Ebert


Princes Kent, England

Himalayas, Shore & Dunes review

January


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

2 nd hole fairway bunker marking out visit

January


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

Changes agreed for the 2020 Open Championship

January


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

Later in the month the revised bunkers at the 18 th are shaped

January


Liphook Hampshire, England

Course re-alignment site visit

January


Trevose Cornwall, England

The 15 th hole in 2015

January


Trevose Cornwall, England

The re-vamped 15 th hole nears completion

January


The Island Dublin, Ireland

New 1 st tee complex turfed

January


Portmarnock Dublin, Ireland

Short Game Green shaped up

January


Conwy Morfa, Wales

Planning visit to prepare the course for the 2020 Curtis Cup

January


Oakmere Notts, England

The final phase of the overhaul of the Admiral’s Course begins

January


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

Strategy meeting for members’ presentation

January


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Setting out the driving range target greens - Not quite GPS but it works just as well!

January


North Hants Hampshire, England

Appointed to design new 3rd green to accommodate new water main

January


Minthis Paphos, Cyprus

Preparations for construction of new 10 th hole

January


Terramar Sitges, Spain

Construction starts on the 2 new holes

January


Royal Dornoch Sutherland, Scotland

The new 7 th green construction is underway

January


Trevose Cornwall, England

The par 3 16 th hole in its revised form

January


Ilkley Yorkshire, England

Findings of Historic Research Study presented to members

January


Hirono Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Visit to assess this most prestigious course designed by Charles Hugh Alison

January


FEBRUARY

Mackenzie & Ebert 2018


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Who would know there is a tunnel under the dunes?

February


The Island Dublin, Ireland

Revetted bunkers converted to rough edged at the 10 th hole

February


Northumberland Newcastle, England

14 th hole bunker reconstruction starts

February


Bamburgh Castle Northumberland, England

1 st hole bunkers are reshaped

February


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

Bunker refurbishment planning meeting

February


Northumberland Newcastle, England

A less than productive site visit

February


Prestbury Cheshire, England

8 th hole shaping underway

February


Oakmere Notts, England

The final existing green complex on the Admiral’s Course, the 4 th , is reshaped

February


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

The old cross bunkers at the 5 th hole restored

February


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

The bare sand area at the 5 th hole restored

February


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

The bare sand area at the 5 th hole restored

February


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

And the huge fairway bunkers at the 7 th hole

February


Luffness New Aberlady, Scotland

Planning the bunkering to suit the new 15 th green

February


St. Andrews Eden Fife, Scotland

A review of the Eden Course

February


Royal Dornoch Sutherland, Scotland

The new 7 th green taking shape

February


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

Short Game Green for The Open reshaped

February


Amarilla Tenerife, Spain

Course review

February


Terramar Sitges, Spain

Lake construction on the existing course

February


Fulwell Middlesex, England

Phase 3 of the bunker renovation is completed

February


Flempton Bury St. Edmunds, England

Review of this wonderful 9 hole course commissioned

February


Ilkley Yorkshire, England

6 th hole work is approved by members and commences on site

February


Prestbury Cheshire, England

8 th hole left greenside bunker

February


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Roads going in for The Open

February


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The dune slack at the 7 th has winter water in as envisaged

February


MARCH

2018

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Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

The new pond at the par 3 9 th hole lined and ready for water

March


Los Leones Santiago, Chile

Visit to review the Draft Masterplan proposals at this wonderful city centre course

March


CUBA Fátima, Argentina

Visit to present the Masterplan proposals to the Club Universitario de Buenos Aires

March


Pilar Fátima, Argentina

A flying visit to take in the Botero Sculpture in the grounds of the new hotel

March


Royal Dornoch Sutherland, Scotland

The new 7 th green with its seascape backdrop

March


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

Consultation meeting about Course Audit Document

March


Royal Wimbledon London, England

Closely mown surrounds on the 10 th maturing well

March


North Hants Hampshire, England

3rd hole work underway

March


Burnham & Berrow Somerset, England

The wonderfully contoured and extended 16 th green

March


Portmarnock Dublin, Ireland

The artificially surfaced target greens on the driving range completed

March


The Island Dublin, Ireland

Visit to review the bunker work and to discuss the Masterplan with the Committee

March


Rosslare Dublin, Ireland

Visit to review the course and, in particular, the bunkers

March


Liphook Hampshire, England

Planning application meeting for new holes

March


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

Presentation to Past Captains

March


APRIL

2018

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Littlestone Kent, England

First visit to this new commission - The greenstaff are already building rough edged bunkers!

April


Augusta Georgia, United States

A wonderful weekend of watching golf at The Masters

April


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Lots of activity on the new Driving Range

April


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Some very impressive scaffolding skills!

April


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Artificial turf being installed on the new target greens

April


Terramar Sitges, Spain

The new lake at the 15 th & 16 th holes ready for lining

April


Exeter Devon, England

Ongoing advice on safety issues

April


Trevose Cornwall, England

Scrub clearance and bare sand areas being planned for 2018

April


Royal North Devon Devon, England

Visit to advise on coastal erosion issues

April


Saunton Devon, England

Drone flights and input of future practice facility improvements

April


Kingsdown Wiltshire, England

Design advice on 13 th hole

April


North Hants Hampshire, England

New 3rd hole green taking shape

April


Hirono Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Visit to meet potential contractors and to discuss the detailed design

April


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

Site investigation with STRI and members’ presentation

April


The Berkshire Berkshire, England

Visit to review the 10 th hole on the Blue Course

April


MAY

2018

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Princes Kent, England

The photographer feels confident the first shot on the new Himalayas will be anything but straight!

1 st May 2018


Princes Kent, England

Despite heavy rain the days before, The Himalayas Nine reopens in great condition

May


Princes Kent, England

A wonderful tribute to P.B. ‘Laddie’ Lucas who had to ditch his Spitfire on the course

May


Princes Kent, England

Another great left handed golfer, J.H. Taylor, takes on the new 5 th hole

May


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

The 18 th fully in play with more options off the tee now

May


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

The 18 th fully in play with more options off the tee now

May


Littlestone Kent, England

Poor weather made the course walk impossible but great historic research instead

May


Delamere Forest Cheshire, England

Renewed 15 th hole re-opens

May


Terramar Sitges, Spain

The lining installed in the enlarged lake

May


North Hants Hampshire, England

New 3rd hole green taking shape

May


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

Phase 1 holes come into play

May


St. Andrews New Fife, Scotland

Full review of this great foil for the Old Course at The Home of Golf

May


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

Phase 1 bunker proposal presented to members

May


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Lima Golf Club has its ‘Limalayas’ – The influence of St. Andrews extends everywhere!

May


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

The Carlos Raffo and Manuel Prado competitors have a full length driving range

May


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Luis Fernando Barco, a Lima member, wins the tournament with a score of 269 strokes

May


Royal Mid-Surrey London, England

A visit to assess options for the 14 th which suffers from Thames flooding

May


Royal Wimbledon London, England

Phase 3 work presented to members

May


Effingham Surrey, England

The completed bunker refurbishment on this Harry Colt downland course is officially

opened with a pro-am tournament played for the Mackenzie Quaich

May


Boundary Lakes Hampshire, England

Preliminary meeting to discuss development plans

May


Hayling Hampshire, England

Review of bunkers that were reshaped a few years ago

May


Hirono Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

The original line of the par 3 13 th hole is opened up again

May


Hirono Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Essential research for environmentally friendly transport for site visits!

May


Kawana Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

A playing visit - The Turnberry of Japan including a lighthouse

May


Reykjavik Iceland

Grafarholt course redevelopment plans progressed

May


Tuusula Helsinki, Finland

Visit to mark out bunkers between the 16 th and 18 th holes

May


Vierumäki Finland

Green reconstruction visit and review of the excellent par 3 course

May


Pickala Golf Helsinki, Finland

Green reconstruction visit - 4 th green on the Seaside Course

May


JUNE

2018

Mackenzie & Ebert


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The R&A Rules Committee sample the Valley & Dunluce Courses

June


Minthis Paphos, Cyprus

Unavoidably, the new 10 th had to be designed on steep terrain

June


Minthis Paphos, Cyprus

New 10 th hole taking shape with rock walls to retain the start of the fairway

June


Noordwijkse Noordwijk, Holland

Visit to assess all layout and green redesign options to ensure a successful future

June


Haywards Heath West Sussex, England

Club relocation plans presented to membership

June


Reykjavik Iceland

Soil investigation to establish construction techniques to assist with budgeting

June


Royal North Devon Devon, England

Proposals worked up to address coastal erosion issues

June


Hamilton Ontario, Canada

Visit to discuss the way forward for the Masterplan with the Board

June


Angus Glen Ontario, Canada

Visit to discuss long term strategic plans

June


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

Hirono Tour Visit to assess classic green design

June


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

The Tour includes sampling the fantastic contours at Deal

June


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

And The Tour ends at Royal Portrush

June


Effingham Surrey, England

Golf day to show the re-vamped course to the golfing press

June


Royal Automobile Club Surrey, England

Project review for members

Before – Abandoned Fowler bunkers in foreground and a string of new bunkers up the left

June


Royal Automobile Club Surrey, England

Project review for members

During – The hole is opened up and the Fowler bunkers recreated further on

June


Royal Automobile Club Surrey, England

Project review for members

After – The restored hole is relevant to the modern game but faithful to its wonderful Fowler heritage

June


Fulwell Middlesex, England

Review of Phases 2 and 3 and planning for Phase 4 in autumn 2018

June


Kedleston Park Derbyshire, England

A refereeing visit for Open Regional Qualifying

The restyled bunkers make a big impact

June


West Sussex Sussex, England

A farewell round for Sean Whipp, departing Course Manager

at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, heading back to The Antipodes

June


Flempton Bury St. Edmunds, England

The classic 9 hole course is standing up to the drought!

June


Royal Mid Surrey London, England

Follow up visit - JH Taylor Mounding right and left of the 2 nd hole

June


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Visit to assess further Open infrastructure requirements

June


Portmarnock Dublin, Ireland

The low dunes to the left of the 2 nd have blended in well

June


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Full bunker assessment underway - Sensitivity needed!

June


Saunton Devon, England

Drone flythroughs of both courses

June


Saunton Devon, England

Drone flythroughs of both courses

June


JULY

2018

Mackenzie & Ebert


St. Annes Old Links Lancashire, England

A refereeing visit for Open Final Qualifying

July


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

A presentation on the Rules of Golf to Turnberry Golf Club turned out to be ………..

July


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

………. on the same weekend as President Trump came to town!

July


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

Not ideal for our guests from Lima who were in a 5 hour road block

But all was well at dinner time!

July


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

And there was a quiet game on Sunday morning!

July


Prestwick Ayrshire, Scotland

A playing visit and introducing Alvaro, Jureck & Alejandro to some old fashioned holes!

July


Royal Troon Ayrshire, Scotland

Looks good at the top Jureck!!

July


Royal Troon Ayrshire, Scotland

And the finish Ale!!

July


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

New holes in play

New 10 th hole construction starts

Before – Drone view of present situation

July


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

New holes in play

New 10 th hole construction starts

Visualisation – A small angled green on a new 150 yard par 3

July


The Open At Carnoustie Angus, Scotland

Watching how the world’s elite players

approach firm links conditions

July


The Open At Carnoustie Angus, Scotland

Good to see the redesigned Buddon 18 th

as the Short Game Area

July


Bamburgh Castle Northumberland, England

Preparation for autumn work

July


Royal Belfast County Down, Northern Ireland

Review of bunker revamp completed in 2017

July


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

Members grant approval for ambitious course plan at Special General Meeting

July


Hirono Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Visit to present the full design proposals to the membership

July


AUGUST

Mackenzie & Ebert


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

10 th green underway

August


Littlestone Kent, England

Full walk and (drone) fly round to assess the opportunities for improvement

August


Princes Kent, England

The Himalayas continues to establish well despite the drought

August


Royal North Devon Devon, England

Course proposals approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting

View of land to be used to create a replacement hole protected from coastal erosion

August


Royal North Devon Devon, England

Course proposals approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting

Visualisation of new par 3 8 th hole

August


Hindhead Surrey, England

Developing concepts for the 8 th and 15 th holes

August


La Moye Jersey, Channel Islands

Preliminary visit to discuss future plans for this lovely old links

August


Haywards Heath West Sussex, England

Working on detailed client requirements for their new course

August


Minthis Paphos, Cyprus

New 10 th hole coming close to being seeded

August


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

Possible adjustments to the 9 th & 11 th on the Ailsa assessed - Striving for perfection!

August


Royal Troon Ayrshire, Scotland

Visit to look at relocating the Craigend Course

and adjusting the Portland Course

August


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Refereeing at The Boys Amateur

and seeing how the course fares

August


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Bunker proposals discussed

And Eamonn gives a lesson in bunker raking!!

August


St. Andrews Fife, Scotland

A playing visit to the Old Course

August


Askernish Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The usual pilgrimage for the Mackenzie & Ebert Trophy & Askernish Open

August


Askernish Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Inspired picnic spot by the 7 th tee!

August


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

New 10 th green has been covered with cores

August


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

10 th green with surrounds seeded

August


Royal St. George’s Kent, England

Infrastructure planning visit for the 2020 Open Championship

August


SEPTEMBER

Mackenzie & Ebert 2018


Furesø Copenhagen, Denmark

Detailed tee and carry study undertaken

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September


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

Pre-start meeting for major bunker refurbishment project

September


Liphook Hampshire, England

Members’ presentation on up-to-date plans

September


Liphook Hampshire, England

Members’ presentation on up-to-date plans

September


Liphook Hampshire, England

Members’ presentation on up-to-date plans

September


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

6 th hole being re-bunkered

September


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

2 nd hole

Before – Longer players could carry the far left bunker quite easily in favourable conditions

September


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

2 nd hole

During – The first bunker has been filled and moved to the far end – The far right bunker has been removed

September


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

Work underway

September


Isle of Eriska Argyll, Scotland

Feasibility study for a golf course on this beautiful island for the new owner

September


St. Andrews Fife, Scotland

Commission received to redesign the Short Game Area for the St. Andrews Links Trust

September


Goswick Northumberland, England

Visit to this under-rated links with a group of Scottish greenkeepers

September


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

17 th hole

Before – The bunker wide left saw almost no action but still required maintenance

September


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

17 th hole

During – The new bunker shapes emerge as the edge is formed with turf

September


Mortonhall Edinburgh, Scotland

17 th hole

After Turfing – Three bunkers down to two, but the visual impact is stronger

September


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

15 th hole work underway

September


Oakmere Notts, England

New 14 th green nears completion

September


Ryder Cup 2018 Paris, France

An extraordinary experience for Tom

September


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

Work well underway on the 3 rd fairway realignment

September


Formby Lancashire, England

Full course walk following the commission to produce a Masterplan for the Club

September


Eaton Cheshire, England

Marking out visit & discussion of bunker shaping

September


Hillside Lancashire, England

Full course walk following the commission to produce a Masterplan for the Club

September


Royal Lytham & St. Annes Lancashire, England

General review of the course & bunkers

September


Fulford Yorkshire, England

Assessment of Practice Area

September


OCTOBER

2018

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Royal Porthcawl Mid Glamorgan, Wales

Marking out visit for bunkers to be restored in size & shape

October


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

The old left half of the 16 th fairway is formed again

October


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

2015

October


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

15 th hole bunkers are slipped towards the green

October


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

8 th hole

Before – Straight lines of bunkers

October


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

The hole being re-bunkered

During – Angled hazards with bolder shapes

October


Carnoustie Angus, Scotland

Refereeing at the Dunhill - Peter Dawson showing good style with the golf if not the hats!

October


Luffenham Heath Rutland, England

Preliminary meeting to look at bunkering

October


Rothley Park Leicestershire, England

Preparations for a further phase of bunker work

October


Los Leones Santiago, Chile

Presentation to members and refinement of the Draft Masterplan

October


Los Leones Santiago, Chile

Mike tries out the possible new practice ground for length

October


Rio Cuarto Cordoba, Argentina

Initial visit to the Club and presentation to the Argentinian Greenkeepers’ conference

October


Rio Cuarto Cordoba, Argentina

Mike played with Horacio Carbonetti, who held the course record of 64

at Muirfield for a day in 1980 until Isao Aoki went round in 63!

October


Lima Golf Club Lima, Peru

Visit to mark out bunkers (with powder not paint) in the 2 nd Phase

when the back nine fairways are also be regrassed

October


Club El Rodeo Medellín, Colombia

Initial visit to assess the course and its potential

October


Club El Rodeo Medellín, Colombia

Some great elevation changes & views to the City

October


Western Gailes Ayrshire, Scotland

Appointed to prepare a Historic Research Study and Course Review

October


Royal Wimbledon London, England

17 th hole in 2015

October


Royal Wimbledon London, England

Green reconstruction underway

October


Bamburgh Castle Northumberland, England

The rocky ridge is reduced to eliminate

a blind shot on the par 3 10th

October


Boundary Lakes Hampshire, England

New land inspected

October


Royal Lytham & St. Annes Lancashire, England

Bunker walk in edge lowering underway

October


Princes Kent, England

Setting out visit for the Shore & Dunes work

Are they laughing at the utility vehicle or the red, Italian sports car?

October


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

Small pot bunker converted into a large, rough edged hazard

October


Royal Dornoch Sutherland, Scotland

The new 7 th green maturing well

October


Hopeman Moray, Scotland

Advice on future direction for the course and the Club

October


Hankley Common Hampshire, England

Commissioned to provide a Masterplan for this superb heathland course

First project to focus on pathway and tee improvements

October


Trevose Cornwall, England

3 rd hole

Before – Three deep and penal pot bunkers were desperately difficult for poor players

October


Trevose Cornwall, England

3 rd hole

After – The bunkers suit Trevose’s rugged environment and are much more playable

October


NOVEMBER

Mackenzie & Ebert 2018


Saunton Devon, England

Review of completed reports with new manager, chairman and professional

November


Fulwell Middlesex, England

The final phase of the work is well underway

November


Luffenham Heath Rutland, England

Advice on bunkers on various holes

November


Luffenham Heath Rutland, England

Work underway

November


Wirebird Hills St Helena, South Atlantic

Wirebird Hills Project purchased by Saint Helena Corporation PLC

November


Kedleston Park Derby, England

Study to improve 1 st tee experience

November


Bruntsfield Links Edinburgh, Scotland

10 th hole coming together with the tees built and ready for turf

November


Bamburgh Castle Northumberland, England

2 nd greenside bunkering being reshaped

November


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

The 1 st green is raised to give a great view of the coast

November


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

Work on the new 7 th green progresses rapidly

November


Hopeman Moray, Scotland

Helping the Club make the most of what it already has

November


St Andrews Fife, Scotland

Shaping underway on the reconfigured Short Game Area

November


Royal Liverpool The Wirral, England

General review of the course

November


St Andrews New Fife, Scotland

The reshaped green surrounds behind the 2 nd green

November


Trevose Cornwall, England

Lacey edged bunkers under construction

November


North Berwick East Lothian, Scotland

Advice on 17 th greenside bunker

November


Western Gailes Ayrshire, Scotland

Work progresses on the Historic Research Study

November


Minthis Paphos, Cyprus

New 10 th hole with seed establishing strongly

November


Royal Wimbledon London, England

2015 view of the 13 th hole before clearance

November


Royal Wimbledon London, England

The hole after clearance

November


Royal Wimbledon London, England

Reshaping work well underway

November


Royal Wimbledon London, England

Work continues to progress

November


Royal Wimbledon London, England

All turfed and growing in

November


Hirono Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Final visit before construction starts to discuss the fine detail with the Club & contractor

Also to mark out further tree clearance & fairway extensions

November


Royal Cinque Ports Kent, England

Short Game Area nearing completion

November


The Berkshire Berkshire, England

Follow up visit to review the 10 th hole on the Blue Course

November


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

The tunnel entrances are revealed again

November


DECEMBER

Mackenzie & Ebert 2018


St. Andrews Fife, Scotland

Short Game Area almost completed

December


Royal Troon Ayrshire, Scotland

New driving range bays being erected

December


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

Visit to look at progress with the 9 th & 11 th but hard to resist looking at the 10 th hole again

December


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

Martin takes on the 9 th at speed!

December


Ilkley Yorkshire, England

6 th hole

Before View

December


Ilkley Yorkshire, England

Hole has been moved towards the river

After – The bunkers have been in play for a full season

December


Ilkley Yorkshire, England

New pot bunker being added at the front of the 4th

December


Walton Heath Surrey, England

Honoured to be appointed to advise on future planning for both courses

December


Princes Kent, England

Huge rough edged bunker shaping up well on the 6 th Dunes

December


Royal West Norfolk Norfolk, England

Commissioned to advise this classic links

December


Worthing Sussex, England

Bunker work progressing on 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd holes

December


Nairn Inverness-shire, Scotland

Another day draws to a close on the new 1 st green

December


Turnberry Ayrshire, Scotland

11 th green being extended to the rear and a second bunker added

December


Royal County Down Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Draft Masterplan proposals presented to the Committee

December


Royal Portrush County Antrim, Northern Ireland

This time the Valley Course is the focus of the visit

December


Trevose Cornwall, England

6 th hole being radically re-bunkered with bare sands areas a feature too

December


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

Par 5 2 nd hole

Before View

December


Harewood Downs Buckinghamshire, England

Approach bunkers reshaped

After – Bunkers lined and sanded ready for play in spring 2019

December


Royal Wimbledon London, England

17 th hole in 2015

December


Royal Wimbledon London, England

The completed 17th hole

December


Notts Nottinghamshire, England

Preliminary visit to this great, expansive course

The greenstaff are already doing a great job with the bunker shaping

December


Royal Liverpool The Wirral, England

Visit to fly the drone to illustrate some of the proposals

December


La Moye Jersey, Channel Islands

Delighted to be appointed to advise on a long term course plan

December


Princes Kent, England

The 6 th Dunes is complete with its transformed bunkers

December


Fulwell Middlesex, England

The final phase of their bunker redevelopment draws to a close

December


Mackenzie & Ebert

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