Golf Course Architecture - Issue 65, July 2021

20 TEE BOX Weybrook Park completes 17-year project W eybrook Park Golf Club in Basingstoke, England, has held an official opening for its West course, which has undergone a complete transformation over the past 17 years. Course director Sandy Burrell has led the project, with the assistance of Ken Moodie of Creative Golf Design for design work. The impetus for the project was to improve the original ‘pop up’ course built in the mid-1990s and address differences in length between the original nines, the back nine having previously been much shorter than the front. A decision was taken to build an entirely new back nine and rework the front nine. Construction of the new nine began in 2008 with the tenth, eleventh and eighteenth holes opening in 2010 and the remainder in 2016. Work then moved to the front nine, with the renovated holes opening to members in early May 2021. The project has seen the creation of a 500-metre replica chalk stream and five ponds integrated into a par 72 layout measuring 6,808 yards from the tips. Burrell drew up the initial routing for a new back nine, with three of the new ponds linked by the chalk stream and a further pond in a separate valley. These features provided the site with two par threes and a par four that crosses the stream twice. The routing flowed The new par-three eleventh plays over a pond to an angled green Photo: Weybrook Park Golf Club