Hamilton Club appoints Mackenzie & Ebert to advise on course improvements


Hamilton Club appoints Mackenzie & Ebert to advise on course improvements
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The Mackenzie & Ebert firm has been appointed by the Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario, Canada, to advise on potential improvements to the Harry Colt-designed courses at the club.

Hamilton’s West and South nines were designed by Colt in 1914. The Mackenzie & Ebert firm has been contracted to make an initial assessment of how the courses’ characteristics can be strengthened.

“We feel extremely honoured to be have been appointed by Hamilton Golf & Country Club to advise upon its prestigious course,” said Martin Ebert, who will be the partner in charge of the work at Hamilton. “Following in the footsteps of Harry Colt, exactly 100 years after he made his initial design, is a task which we will carry out with the utmost respect for his design principles. Our knowledge of his great work on other courses will be brought to bear on this project and we will supplement that with a study of all of the club’s archive material.”

Another part of the project involves the East nine holes, which were completed in 1975 and designed by C.E. ‘Robbie’ Robinson. Mackenzie & Ebert will look at ways the East nine can be improved to bring them closer in character to the other two nine hole courses.

One of Canada’s most prestigious club’s, Hamilton has hosted the Canadian Open on five occasions, most recently in 2012. The club has also hosted the Canadian Amateur Championship on six occasions.

“The appointment of Mackenzie & Ebert marks an exciting start to the second century of golf at Ancaster,” said Mr. Andrew Pigott, chairman of the Advisory Committee for Course Design at Hamilton. “We feel that their pedigree in the courses of Harry Colt, and their knowledge of his design principals, will ensure that we retain and enhance the distinctive elements of the Colt signature for the enjoyment of future generations of golfers.”