The Shire London completes £120,000 club-wide upgrades


The Shire London completes £120,000 club-wide upgrades
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

A series of course refurbishments and upgrades have been completed at The Shire London.

The only course in the UK to hold the Severiano Ballesteros signature, changes to The Ballesteros Masters Course include new bunkering and greenside modelling.

The club, which is privately run by The Bridgedown Group,has invested more than £120,000 to make improvements both on and off the course.

“Golf needs to modernise. Some parts of the sport seem to be stuck in the past, but we never stay still. We are always creating something new for golfers,” said director Ceri Menai-Davis. “Speaking as both The Shire London and The Bridgedown Group, we have pledged to play our part in creating an exciting future for golf in England – and the next few years will see us deliver on that promise.”

Bunkering work has been carried out on four of the front nine holes, with new bunkers introduced and many existing bunkers remodelled.

Remodelled bunkers now guard the green on the ninth hole, and a pot bunker has been introduced to the back left to catch over-hit shots.The course’s second hole has new gorse beds and remodelled greenside bunkers, as well as a newly-shaped green approach. The eighth hole also now features three revetted bunkers.

“These changes for the 2014 season have made the Ballesteros Masters Course even more compelling,” said Menai-Davis. “At The Shire London our goal has always been to provide the best playing surfaces, the most exciting golfing challenge and the highest levels of customer satisfaction available at this price.”

In addition, upgrades have also been made to the club’s driving range, clubhouse facilities and the pro shop.