Five years of planning and construction work have come to fruition for architect Jonathan Gaunt, who has completed a new 18-hole pay-and-play course at Burstwick Country Golf in East Yorkshire.
The site, only three metres above sea level, was formerly farmed for wheat.
Now it is growing bent and fescue grasses on free-draining soils that lend themselves extremely well to a golf course, says Gaunt. Since the first nine holes opened for play in 2004, the course has been intensively used while many of the existing local courses have been waterlogged or closed for play.
The first nine holes will be re-numbered in the new 18-hole layout and the new holes will come into play in both the first and second nine hole circuits. There are some challenging holes, where water will come into play as part of the design strategy, tripling up as holding lagoons and also as positive drainage outlets on a site where the tide in the Humber Estuary can have quite an impact.