Sandy Lodge GC builds new chipping green

By Tania April 16, 2018 07:07 Updated

A new chipping green at Sandy Lodge Golf Club in Northwood is the latest attraction for north west London’s golfers, drawing visitors from across the area.

Featuring a classic links-style revetted bunker and an additional sleeper-style bunker which echoes the monster hazard on Sandy Lodge’s renowned second hole, the chipping green forms a new frontage to the Sandy Lodge clubhouse.

The project to build the 600m squared new green, adjacent to the club’s existing putting green, was managed by Greg Evans MG. Experienced course designer Ricky Willison, golf architect Weller Designs and sports turf contractor Profusion Environmental were all appointed.

Construction started in June 2017, with a key role also played by the club’s new head greenkeeper, Richard Elderfield, who was promoted to head the in-house greens team.

By July 2017 construction was over, followed by an intense growing-in period leading to a new photoshoot in late September, which captured marketing-friendly images showing the new chipping green in late-summer splendour.

“The club’s vision has been spectacularly realised with the new chipping green,” said Evans. “The project came together beautifully at Sandy Lodge, with exceptional work from the club’s own greens’ staff resulting in an international-class playing surface. Early feedback has been exceptional, and it is a stunning addition to one of London’s most acclaimed golf clubs.

“I am looking forward to helping Sandy Lodge progress the next phase of work, as the club raises its standards of conditioning still higher.”

David Griffin, general manager at Sandy Lodge GC, said: “The chipping green is the new centrepiece of our practice facilities, and a true showcase for Sandy Lodge Golf Club. It is already attracting newcomers, and is helping us to build for the future.”


By Tania April 16, 2018 07:07 Updated

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