As the golf season draws to a close Essex-based, family-owned Swan Golf Designs (SGD) is looking forward to a busy winter of renovation, both domestically and internationally.
On home soil, golf course architects William and Howard Swan will be working in each of the four ‘home’ countries.
In England, Barton on Sea GC, in Hampshire, will see four of the nine holes on its Needles course redesigned and refurbished after a successful completion of five holes on the Stroller nine.
SGD is scheduled to return to Saffron Walden GC, in Cambridgeshire, this month to change the bunkering on the second and third holes, where safety considerations are at the forefront of the changes to be made.
Further north, on Teesside, Middlesbrough GC, is currently contemplating a major re-bunkering exercise, while at Fixby Hall, at the Huddersfield GC, a further phase of the long-term renovation master plan is to be implemented under William Swan’s direction. He is also beginning the long-term planning of the 18 holes at Wellingborough, in Northamptonshire.
Further north still, in Scotland, SGD will working on the classic course in King’s Park in Stirling, as the second phase of the re-bunkering of the Old Tom Morris / James Braid layout continues, while in Wales, SGD expects to return to Nefyn, on the Llŷn Peninsular, to advance the re-bunkering of the Old and New courses. The renovated and expanded ‘Point’ at Nefyn has received rave reviews since it was redesigned in 2014.
Across the Irish Sea, the Swans return to Holywood GC, in County Down – Rory McIlroy’s home club – to progress the next stage of the long-term redesign and revocation plan and programme.
And the busy practice is to return to Bled, In Slovenia, for the next phase of the renovation of the King’s Course, which begins in November. The first phase is in ‘grow-in’ and is scheduled to open in March 2016. And it has already been acclaimed by many who have visited the iconic Julian Alps resort recently.
SGD is an independent and professional golf course architecture firm with a track record of providing clients with successful design solutions on golf course projects for more than 40 years.
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