Seattle-based golf architect John Harbottle, ASGCA, is to break ground on two renovation projects at classic-era golf clubs on the West Coast of the US this autumn.
At Castlewood CC in Pleasanton, California, Harbottle completed a successful restoration of the Hill course last year. Now, the club is to break ground on a three year phased project to change tees, bunkers and water features on the Valley back to the classic style of original architect Billy Bell, who built the course on the old Hearst estate in 1926, and his mentor George Thomas.
Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle opened in 1927, and was designed by prolific Pacific Northwest architect AV Macan. Now, under Harbottle’s supervision, Broadmoor is to undergo bunker and tee construction in an effort to restore the classic old character of its features, as well as position them to challenge the longer hitters of today.