Two of Swan Golf Designs current project well-illustrate the breadth of expertise that the modern golf course architect is expected to provide.
In leafy Surrey, the redesign of Silvermere’s 18th green is the first stage of Swan Golf Designs’ renovation programme for this busy and highly successful golf and leisure centre.
The programme is likely to include a new bunkering strategy throughout all eighteen holes, beginning in the autumn, to improve not only their playability but to take the course to a higher level of presentation and beauty.
Swan Golf Designs is also working at the other Tom Hilliard owned course, Kingswood Golf and Country Club, which has recently completed its second phase of renovation.
Meanwhile, many thousands of miles away, Swan Golf Designs is progressing the FirstGolf Training Centre in Bangalore, the first of many centres being planned for both National and State Governments in India under the firm’s initiative to establish local facilities for public use and to develop employable skills.
The soon-to-be opened three hole course, with three tees on each hole to enable a round to be played, is accompanied by a chipping, bunker and putting Academy and a turf nursery on the compact six acre site.
The Government of India envisage that the FIRSTGOLF concept will see similar facilities laid out through the sub continent – up to 600 in all – to enable the development of golf related key skills as well as a growth in the game at grass roots level.
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