Tom Mackenzie of Mackenzie & Ebert has worked with the Club throughout as an underpass was planned close to the present 9th green and 10th tee. As part of this project, Tom devised a re-routing of the course which allows the club to eliminate the problematic 14th to 15th crossing and keep its second starting point near the underpass. “The crossing over the old A3 after the 14th has long been a thorn in the side of the Club. We found a way to reroute the course so that this is eliminated but that keeps the 9th green and 10th tee close to the new underpass. The three resultant new holes, 8th, 9th and 10th holes achieve this and produce a run of three strong, enjoyable and attractive holes” commented Tom
Phase 1 of the work took place over the summer of 2019 and was completed by September. It involved building two completely new holes, a further new green and tee and significant heathland and wetland creation. The selected contractor was Profusion Environmental under the watchful eye of Course Manager, David Murdoch and his team.
“The whole club has been enormously impressed with the quality of Profusion’s work and their dedication throughout to produce the best results. It was great to complete Phase 1 so smoothly as it will allow the new holes to be fully mature well before our centenary year” remarked David Murdoch. Huw Waters, the Chair of the Course Committee feels that “There is real excitement to see how the new holes will play. They will be a great addition to the course at this exciting time in the Club’s history.”
Profusion Environmental are an Industry Partner of the EIGCA. Managing Director, Nigel Wyatt, commented “The Liphook project was a good one for us as we were able to show off our broader construction skills having previously worked with Mackenzie & Ebert on the bunker refurbishment at Fulwell over previous winters. We are proud of the results and look forward to completing phase 2.”
Phase 2 of the work will happen in the autumn of 2020, with some play likely in 2021, ready for the Club’s centenary year in 2022.