CASE STUDIES

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NEW ZEALAND GOLF CLUB

A private club based in Surrey, New Zealand Golf Club is an exclusive course offering selected tee times at premium rates. New Zealand Golf Club approached us to work with golf course architect Frank Pont with a specific brief in mind.

The club wanted to reinstate the look of the “lacey bunker edge,” with sustainable bunkers that would be able to withstand the hot summer months. The ultimate aim of the project was to work around the beautiful heather throughout the course and rebuild the tees and paths, with the ultimate goal of bringing back the original design strategy of Tom Simpson. New Zealand Golf Club wanted us to be inspired by the style and design philosophy of Tom Simpson and enhance the experience and the unique culture of the course, whilst delivering a realistic schedule that would deliver the project on time and without impeding on its club members.

With our vast experience of working on classical golf sites, inspired by the architects of the “golden era,” and our expertise in working with bunkers, we successfully delivered the project on schedule. At the heart of our ethos throughout this project was to utilise our shaping skill sets with our desire to build sustainable products using specialised machinery. Having previously worked on previous projects with Architect Frank Pont, the New Zealand Golf Club project allowed our talented team to continue to set the bench mark within our industry.

New Zealand Simpson Doughnut Bunker
Our team working at Gullane Golf Club

GULLANE GOLF CLUB

Gullane Golf Club asked us at Conor J Walsh Golf to carry out construction works at the famous links course in East Lothian. The works required us to build a new putting green, a new 18th green for course #3 and also a state of the art 7000m² practise facility.

Gullane needed to carry out these works to accommodate the number of visitors they have coming to the golf course every year while also feeding the demand from the membership to have high end practise facilities. The intention also was to retain lots of their talented golfers from going to other golf clubs. We carried out initial works in October 2019 building a new putting green. This was completely built using all materials on site blending and mixing our own roots zone with turfing works carried out by Gullane Golf Club. We then returned and March 2020 to carry out works on the 18th green site on course #3 and a new practise facility.

Working with James Edwards of EDI golf design we implemented the changes required to the 18th hole which then gave us the space to develop the practise facility. The practise facility had to be in keeping with the links theme so we translocated 3,500m² of native grasses, we built a 1300m² putting surface plus 7000m² of surrounds. The works were carried out over a three week period using all materials on site excluding the importation of turf. Full irrigation system was installed. Practise facility is now the envy of all the golf clubs in the area.

REAL CLUB PUERTA DE HIERRO

CJW Golf were appointed golf course contractors in the summer of 2019 to work with the exclusive Spanish club alongside golf course architect Frank Pont. The brief from the club was to bring back the historical heritage via aesthetics and playability of the courses. Starting with the upper course, we developed the 10th hole as a pilot project working from tee to green, along side Frank we worked on bringing back Colt characteristics in playability of the fairway, green surrounds and look of the bunkers. The club also used the construction works as an opportunity to improve the agronomics of the golf hole, with imported rootzone, new turf and additional irrigation where required.

The works have been a success with the club looking to take a broader approach to works going forward, hopefully when the Covid-19 Pandemic surmises we can be back in the Spanish capital to continue our works.

Finished green at La Mer

LE TOUQUET & GOLF D'HARDELOT

CJW GOLF, were appointed by Nicolas Boissonnas to carry out works at the world renowned Le Touquet and Hardelot golf resorts in northern France.

Initial works were carried out at Hardelot le’pins  starting with building a new green site and bunkers on the 14th hole. working with Patrice Boissonnas and golf course architect Frank Pont, we moved the green to the right to allow improvement for agronomical reasons. CJW golf also rebuilt the putting green outside the club house, in a style more in keeping with the Tom Simpson greens site on the course. the greens were turfed using grass from the greens at Le Touquet.

Le Touquet, required works on the 11th, 12th and 18th green sites and a number of tee complexes. 11th and 18th green site were a complete rebuild and design, under the guidance of golf course architect Frank Pont. the green sites were built to be more in keeping with the Harry Colt green complexes on the course, while also improving the agronomy of the greens.

The 12th was built with a different process, as the green was an original Colt design, it was important to keep the exact grades on the surface. to achieve this we surveyed the greens with a total station prior to the turf being lifted, this created a digital terrain map with accurate levels. once the turf was lifted the green was cultivated and had a natural amendment added. the green was then compacted and worked by hand using the total station to reinstate the exact original grades back onto  the putting surface.

All greens were turfed using an imported fescue mix from the UK.

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