Jonathan Davison restores bunker style at Carlisle Golf Club

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    Jonathan Davison is overseeing a renovation and restoration project at Carlisle Golf Club

  • Carlisle

    Davison is restoring Mackenzie Ross’s bunker style with reference to photos from 1949

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Golf course architect Jonathan Davison of Create Golf is overseeing a project to bring Mackenzie Ross design elements back to Carlisle Golf Club in the north of England.

“The work has seen a full bunker remodel using Whitemoss Eco’s BunkerMat, some clearing of trees, and the restoration of some fairway lines,” said Davison. “We found some aerial photographs from 1949 and an old club booklet which we have used in order to restore a bunker style and to reintroduce fairway widths.”

The project came about after an interview process with the club and head greenkeeper Anthony Naisbitt in early 2017. Naisbitt and his team started construction for the project in 2018.

“It's hard to label this project because we have restored some items, redesigned some hazards and renovated the bunker construction with modern products,” said Davison.

“The course was redesigned by Mackenzie Ross and it has some really strong fundamentals – the project was basically how we could restore some lost elements, and to enhance the visual appeal and the strategy.”

Currently there are six holes complete. “I am really looking forward to finishing holes nine, thirteen and eighteen which have some really bold bunkering, which we hope to restore,” said Davison.

The club hopes to complete the work in time for the Cumbrian County Strokeplay in 2021.

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