TM finishes Royal Wellington rebuild


TM finishes Royal Wellington rebuild
Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

Design firm Turner Macpherson has completed the reconstruction of the Royal Wellington course in New Zealand. The new-look course is open for member play, and will receive its official opening in early 2014.

Construction of the new-look course – now 27 holes – has been under way since February 2011, with eighteen holes remaining available for the members at all stages of the project. The club has been on its present site for more than a century, and has hosted several New Zealand Opens.

The project was valued at NZ$7 million. Architect Scott Macpherson, who, along with partner Greg Turner, led the work, said: “This high calibre and well-regarded club now has a course befitting its status. All the holes have new greens, tees and bunkers, but many are entirely new. Others are in established corridors but now play in the opposite direction. The holes have grown in well, but will benefit from a little more time, especially the sixteenth and seventeenth. It has been a puzzle keeping 18 holes open, but I am delighted that the members never played on temporary greens during the construction. It was great to win an environmental award recently for the work on the streams and wetlands.”