Initially 9 holes at West Kilbride were set out by Old Tom Morris in the early 1890s before the course expanded to 18 holes in the early 1900s.
The course sits on the Ayrshire coast affording spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran and is host to regular national events. The club called upon EIGCA Associate Member Stuart Rennie to undertake an analytical study of the facilities from which masterplan proposals developed with emphasis on the current phased bunker renovation works.
The bunkering on the existing golf course lacked consistency in style and playability which presented an opportunity for rejuvenation. During the winter of 2016/17 Stuart oversaw the construction works of some 37 revetment face bunkers on approaches and to green surrounds giving an instant impact on 15 holes.
The specialist sports and golf course contractors Souters Sports worked tirelessly to achieve the architect’s vision. Construction started in late October and was complete by the end of February allowing time for establishment in advance of the season ahead. The works incorporated the strategic repositioning of bunkers, building bunkers in similar positions, shaping support mounding and landform, drainage installation, irrigation alterations and finishing. The final piece of works was carried out on the 18th hole where the entire hole was re bunkered to create improved strategy and deliver a visually impressive finishing hole.
‘Souters Sports carried out all aspects of the works in a professional manner and were a joy to work with throughout the construction process, Scott Maclaren and his site team pulled out all the stops to deliver the architects vision to the satisfaction of the client’ says Stuart.
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