Cirencester Golf Club in conjunction with Giulia Ferroni of Leeds Golf Design have developed a master plan for the James Braid design Golf Course.
The objective is to pull together design aspects to provide more consistency and flow through bunker renovation to create a uniformity of style respectful of its heritage, woodland management and altering mowing lines to promote native long rough areas and to improve fairway definition, green extension and several green and tee rebuilds. Proposals incorporated a creative and sustainable approach to renovate the golf course preserving the sensitive lowland calcareous habitat in out of play areas.
It is expected the project will be completed in five to seven phases through different zones on the course. Work is expected to start in February 2021.
Cirencester Golf Club, has occupied it’s current site since 1910 and its history goes back to 1893. The course was designed by James Braid and opened with Mr Braid playing an exhibition match with Harry Vardon. The course occupies a classic upland piece of ground two miles outside of the town and the terrain varies from exposed upland to woodland, but also a valley which contains the 4th and 18th holes which share a fairway. This is a really unique part of the course and the two holes are excellent in their own right.
General Manager, Leighton Walker explained “We have a great golf course which is a lot of fun and enjoyed by members and visitors, but it was just felt that it needed to be tied together, but also make some adjustments for the modern game. Understandably all courses will get a little tired in certain areas and we just want to address and freshen these areas. Fundamentally there won’t be a lot of change to the layout but more so, strategy tweaks and some restoration of mowing lines and green expansion. We’re really excited to be working with Giulia and she has been first class through the early stages of the project”.
The club is in the final stages of securing contractors to carry out the work.