James Edwards Golf Design (JEGD), a leading designer of golf courses throughout the world, was commissioned by the Orsett Golf Club in the summer to analyse the bunkering to the entire golf course and to produce a proposal for the way forward.
The course development committee, led by course manager Don Clark, appointed JEGD to restore and rebuild twelve bunkers back to the classic look of those introduced by world famous golf course designer Braid in 1899 when Orsett Golf Club was founded.
Phase 1 bunkering commenced last week to 11 bunkers, which will be rebuilt with historic revetment techniques in the makeover. Another bunker will be removed at theEssexcourse which hosts regional qualifying for The Open. All five bunkers will be rebuilt on the 4th hole, two greenside bunkers rebuilt on the 7th hole and four bunkers rebuilt on the 18th hole.
Don Clark, Course Manager at Orsett Golf Club, said: “Our aim for Orsett Golf Club has always been to bring back the strong traditional bunkering to which this wonderful golf course is known for. I am pleased that our collective vision is shared by our course architect, James Edwards.”
James Edwards, of JEGD, added: “It is an absolute privilege to work at Orsett Golf Club alongside Don Clark, his excellent team and local contractor, Grass form Planthire Ltd. The course totally inspires me every time I set foot on the property and I’m honoured that the club has entrusted us to restore the integrity of the James Braid bunkering as designed some 113 years ago.”
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