Enville appoints Clayton, DeVries & Pont for long term plans

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    Clayton, DeVries & Pont
Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Enville Golf Club, near Stourbridge, England, has appointed Clayton, DeVries & Pont (CDP) to create a long-term plan for its courses.

The club has two 18-hole layouts, the Highgate, which was a regional qualifying venue for the Open between 2007 and 2011, and the Lodge, a par 71. The first nine holes were laid out on rolling heathland in 1935, and extended to 18 shortly after. In 1973, a third nine designed by Frank Pennink was built on adjacent woodland. When the fourth nine was constructed in 1983, the holes were arranged into their current configuration.

Frank Pont will be lead architect for the club, supported by Mike Clayton and Edward Cartwright, and other members of the CDP team as required. The team will study the courses’ architectural history, develop a long-term plan and recommend renovation work.

“I am delighted that Enville Golf Club has selected CDP to advise on renovations to its courses,” said Pont. “I have already had the opportunity to study them in some detail and am very confident that we will be able to deliver significant improvements as the land upon which they are located offers immense potential.”

Clayton, who visited the courses before the pandemic, said: “The standard of English golf course architecture is so high that, to date, Enville has perhaps been a little under appreciated. We are excited by the possibilities the two courses offer and strongly believe that, with good work and a clear vision, they can be made even better than they are at present.”

“The partners have a wealth of experience and will help to continue the improvement of this great club,” said Andy Wood, the club’s course manager. “It is important that this special piece of land has a professional architectural advisor overseeing design changes that will enhance what is already in place. I am sure that CDP will become an important piece of the jigsaw in Enville’s successful future.”