Date: Thu 14 Mar 2019

Philip Spogárd AEIGCA renovating Ålands Golf Club

Philip Spogárd of Spogárd & VanderVaart says the Castle course at Ålands Golf Club, which he is currently renovating, could become one of Europe’s best.

The club, located on Finland’s Ålands islands, has two 18-hole courses – Slottsbanan and Kungsbanan (Castle and Kings), both originally designed by Jan Sederholm – as well as a six-hole Prinsessan (Princess) layout.

“The project is a complete redo of the Castle course, where only a majority of the fairways remain intact,” said Spogárd.

Master planning for the project, dubbed Slottsbanan 2.0, started in 2016 and construction began in August 2018. Spogárd is redesigning and rerouting holes to capitalise on the unique scenery.

The club’s project team is led by Joakim Isaksson and head greenkeeper Johan Englund, with Nelson & Vecchio, EIGCA Bronze Partner, as the contractor.

All greens – including the practice area and aprons – are being renovated to USGA standards, and all bunkers will have edging from Durabunker. New tees have been added, and a new Rain Bird, EIGCA Gold Partner, irrigation system has been installed.

This was taken from Golf Course Architecture and the full article can be found here

Click here to read more about Philip Spogárd.
Further information on Gold Partner Rain Bird can be found here and Bronze Partner Nelson & Vecchio can be found here

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