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Whickham GC develops its Hollinside Park course.
Whickham Golf Club are progressing with their course development plans. The Nordmann course no longer exists. The two holes that were in Snipes Dene have been returned to Mother Nature due to our inability to maintain them to the same high standards as the rest of the course. Winter or wet conditions frequently closed these holes. A decision was taken to develop and re-configure the course layout to replace them.
The original Crombie course will be expanded from a men’s par 68 into a men’s par 71 and Par 72 to a Par 74 for the Ladies. This will happen in two phases.
Phase one will re-design our 16th hole from a par 4 to a Par 5. We will begin the 2015 season with course as a par 69. The course will be re-branded and named Hollinside Park.
Phase 2 will introduce two new holes for the season commencing 2016. The changes will also provide a par 5, third hole blended from our original third tee and extending into the original fourth quarry hole. This is followed by a new par 4, fourth hole. The fifth is a new par 3 with outstanding views from Bird Hill.
The design of the new 4th hole and the redesign of the Par 3, 5th hole modify the existing undulations of the land on which it is being built. This helps to reduce the amount or earth that has to be moved and helps to fit the course into the landscape more naturally.
The new green that has been constructed is following the USGA recommended construction model for sand based greens and incorporates a herringbone drainage system, drainage raft layer and an exact depth of root zone that meets required specifications for this type of construction. The construction is similar to the existing greens and will therefore allow management of the new holes to continue seamlessly within the existing layout.
The extensions and alterations to the existing par 3, fifth hole will accommodate the change of direction in play. The modifications will be carried out in the same way to ensure that the new green surface performs exactly as the existing ones. The new mounds, either side of the new green along with inclusion of a tree line and mounding at the back of the green will help to frame the green and provide a fair test of accuracy from the new tees.
The project is being masterminded by Andrew Mair’s Golf Design & Management Company. The brief is to create a layout that reflects the character of the original course. To produce a testing but fair examination that rewards accuracy over power.
The summary of both phases provides a more balanced course and par 71 for men and a par 74 for ladies. We think the final layout will be enjoyed by members and prove even more attractive to visitors.