Ipswich GC to embark on major refurb

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 5, 2014 11:13 Updated

Ipswich Golf Club has embarked on a bunker renovation project that will see the famed course’s sand traps returned to their original style.

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The club has called in architect Martin Hawtree to oversee the project, 88 years after his grandfather Fred, along with legendary golfer James Braid, designed the course.

The multi-phase project will be implemented over a number of years, with work having already started on four holes.

Neill Ellice, Ipswich Golf Club general manager, said: “The vision is to have the bunkers restored as close as possible to the original Fred Hawtree style.

“The bunkers are one of the course’s outstanding features, quite intricately shaped, with bays separated by heather. Over the course of the last 88 years they have begun to show signs of age, a product of years of use, weather and maintenance.

“By analysing old photographs and utilising the skills built up through designing golf courses all over the world, we will ensure all bunkers on the course will be restored to their former glory.”

The club has employed outside contractors to complete the construction work, leaving its own greenkeeping staff free to continue their work. It is hoped the work will have minimal impact on the enjoyment of golfers playing during the construction process.

“While the first phase is taking place we will have one hole, the third, out of action completely, while the other three, one, five and 18, will be in play but with temporary greens,” added Ellice.

“We anticipate that by Christmas all the holes will be fully open again, though the bunkers will remain out of play.”

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 5, 2014 11:13 Updated

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