KimberGlen begins bunker renovation work at Ladybank

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    KimberGlen is overseeing a bunker renovation project at Ladybank Golf Club in Scotland

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    From left, the project team of Sandy Smith, Niall Glen, Paul Kimber, Colin Powrie and Mike Ewan

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Golf design firm KimberGlen has started bunker renovation work at Ladybank Golf Club in Fife, Scotland.

“This is an exciting project,” said golf course architect Paul Kimber. “The aim is to provide more consistency of bunker play and to complement the wonderful heathland character, which is what Ladybank is all about. We are working with wonderful natural assets in the form of a sand and gravel base, superb drainage and quality turf across the golf course.

“We are reshaping bunkers and run-offs to enhance the existing green complexes, with all standards of golfer and shot making options in mind. We have been given flexibility with the design but while some bunkers have altered, most of them have remained surprisingly relevant to the modern game.”

The work, which will take place over the next two or three winters, includes the installation of Blinder bunker lining from Profusion Environment. “This technology now has a proven track record, ensuring a consistent depth of sand, greater playability and ease of maintenance,” said Kimber.

The club dates to 1879, with an original six-hole course designed by Old Tom Morris. This was developed into a circular nine-hole course in 1910, and in the early 1960s extended to a full eighteen.

Club captain Jim Hair said the latest investment was triggered by a survey of around 900 members, with the club also consulting with Sports Turf Research Institute.

“The work is being tackled in phases, in tandem with our rough management programme to ensure members and visitors continue to enjoy the best possible golfing experience at Ladybank,” said Hair. “Work on 11 holes will be completed by the start of the new season as the course continues to offer an enjoyable winter challenge.”

Kimber, Niall Glen and shaper Gary Semple are working with course manager Colin Powrie, assistant Mike Ewan and their greenkeeping team.

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