Faldo takes inspiration from major wins for new Chart Hills short course

  • Chart Hills
    Chart Hills

    Chart Hills has appointed Faldo Design to create a six-hole par-three course

  • Chart Hills
    Chart Hills

    A new 668-square-metre putting green will also be built

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

A new six-hole par-three course by Faldo Design will be built at Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent, England.

The layout will have holes ranging from 50 to 100 yards and features inspired by St Andrews and Augusta National. It will be designed to allow golfers to play two three-hole loops or to use it as a short-game area.

There will be minimal bunkering to aid playability and to encourage variety in shotmaking, while contouring around greens will aim to test low-handicap players.

“I am thrilled to see my first par-three short course design come to life at Chart Hills,” said Sir Nick Faldo. “The course will boast USGA specification greens, and the design has been hugely influenced by some of the most significant holes from my career.”

In addition to the short layout, Faldo Design will create a new 668-square-metre putting green. The putting surface will feature elements of Faldo’s favourite greens from his major wins at St Andrews, Augusta National and Muirfield.

The green will become the club’s primary area for practicing putting and coaching and will be built to the same green speeds as found on the main course and short layout.

“We are really excited for this latest project to get under way at Chart Hills,” said Anthony Tarchetti, general manager at Chart Hills. “These installations signify the next step on our continued road towards improvement at Chart Hills.

“Our goal from the outset was to cement Chart Hills’ place among the very best golfing destinations in the southeast, and we are confident that the addition of this totally unique Sir Nick Faldo-designed par-three course will provide our members and visiting golfers with yet another phenomenal golfing experience here.”

The short course project comes a year after Faldo Design renovated the club’s championship layout.

“Chart Hills is the home of my first signature course in Europe, and it has been a joy to watch the major refurbishment of the venue over the past 18 months,” said Faldo. “This next phase of redevelopment is equally exciting, and I really hope that the club’s members and visiting golfers enjoy challenging their short game over the new course and putting green.”