Ashford Golf Club in Kent has recently selected golf course architects, Mackenzie and Ebert Ltd, as their preferred advisers on the potential relocation of their club and the design of their new course. This work includes helping with the selection of the site for their future home through planning and on to the construction and establishment of the course.
Tom Mackenzie, who will be the partner in charge of the project for Mackenzie & Ebert is naturally delighted with the news: “The relocation of a course is a momentous event for a historic club like Ashford and we are really excited to have been selected to help them through the process. Work is still at an early stage so we cannot comment on the possible sites but it is a huge privilege to have been appointed as part of the design team.”
Nigel Ladkin, who is the chairman of the development board for the Club is looking forward to working on the next stage of the evolution of Ashford Golf Club with Mackenzie & Ebert.
He comments: “We were impressed with Mackenzie & Ebert’s presentation, but the deciding factor for us was that we felt that they had the best understanding of our requirements as a members’ club and that they could deliver that. We are looking forward to progressing the plans for the future of the Club with them.”
Work is underway on the site selection process. It is unusual for a golf course architect to be on board at such an early stage as normally the decision on the site for a new course has already been made before appointment. It is a challenging and daunting task because it is so important to the future success of the club.
No dates have been set for construction.
Ashford Golf Club www.ashfordgolfclub.co.uk
Mackenzie & Ebert www.mackenzieandebert.co.uk