Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England, has appointed STRI Group to design and build a new nine-hole golf course.
Working in partnership with the UK’s National Trust, Stowe will reinstate the historic Capability Brown deer park in which its existing course is located to its former condition. The project will see original features of the parkland being recreated, including a 650-metre deer fence and several bespoke tree plantations.
Andrew Hancox, head of golf and PGA professional at Stowe School, where golf has been played since 1923, said: “Stowe really is synonymous with the game of golf and with such a fine and distinguished golfing history, it is only right that we embark upon a new and exciting journey by opening our new golf course and launching the Stowe Golf Academy.
“With significantly longer and more challenging holes, along with greens constructed in accordance with USGA guidelines, I genuinely believe that our new golf course will present itself as one of the finest school golf facilities in the country.”
The new course will be built on a large, open and rolling landscape adjacent to the earthwork remains of the lost village of Lamport. It also sits among other historic features including Lord Cobham and James Gibbs’s Bourbon Tower and Charles Bridgeman’s Bycell Riding which lies to the south of the site, adjacent to Gibbs’s Stowe Castle.
According to STRI: “The design process was extensive and intricate, with STRI’s golf course architect Jonathan Tucker creating a course that avoided areas of historic value, and the many ecological and environmental sensitivities on the site.”
Richard Stuttard, project director for STRI, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to create an exceptional golf course within beautiful surroundings. STRI’s teams have relished the challenge of creating and implementing a design that is sympathetic to this unique environment and I’m confident that the result will be something very special.”