The return to grass pathways on 9 holes over the last 4 years has been a great success, offering improved flow, contouring, accessibility and aesthetics and further artificial red shale path on holes 5, 16 & 17 have been replaced by rye/fescue grass pathways as shown below between the 15th and 16th hole.
New tees have been created, re-levelled and realigned on holes 5, 17 (pictured below) 16 and new blue tees added to 4 and 17.
Work has been carried out reinstating the links’ natural dunes clearing degenerate scrub and woodlands improving sight lines for golfers, and opening up wonderful vistas across the links and Liverpool Bay. The natural wildlife of habitat has been returned (add link for flora,fauna and wildlife) and true rolling links’ mosaic enhanced. This has helped improve the agronomic characteristic of the holes.
|As tree removal was commencing||Site Clearance complete||Artist impression of the finished work|
12 bunkers have also been redesigned across the links with significantly improved contouring, accessibility and playability, here is a before and after example on 18.
This impressive work has been made by the Club over the Autumn/Winter period under the expert guidance of our new Course Manager John McLoughlin. We will continue to grow from strength to strength under John’s guidance cementing our place as one of the UK’s and Ireland’s finest golf course. As a Club we can’t wait for our members and visitors to experience the improvements which have now taken place.
Notable changes summarised:
Plastic pathway removed left of hole 3.
Blue tee on hole 4 constructed.
White, Yellow and Red tees on hole 5 redeveloped.
White, Yellow and Red tees on hole 16 redeveloped. Blue, White, Yellow and Red tees on hole 17 redeveloped. 12 bunkers were recontoured and rebuilt.
Reshaping green surrounds left of hole 7.
Dune grassland habitat reinstated on hole’s 2, 10 & 18
New grass pathways:
4th green to 5th tee.
5th tee to 5th green. 11th green to 12th tee. 15th green to 16th tee. 16th tee to 16th green. 16th green to 17th tee. 17th tee to 17th fairway.
David Gibson, Chair of Green.