Golf Course Architecture - Issue 65, July 2021

64 O ver the last 10 years, Kedleston Park Golf Club in Derbyshire, England, has adopted a strategy of continuous improvement for its golf course and facilities. This decade of work came after former professional golfer-turned-architect DJ Russell completed a renovation project in the late 1990s that included the introduction of several new holes. Three more projects followed in the space of five years. Mackenzie & Ebert oversaw a three-year bunker renovation that began in 2013; in 2014-15 the club built a short game area with a USGA specification green; and in 2018, a driving range with six bays and a teaching area was built by Golf Driving Bays. The positive impact of those projects has already been felt, with Kedleston Park hosting regional qualifying for The Open, becoming a finalist in the ‘Championship Venue of the Year’ category at the England Golf Awards Irrigation upgrades have brought uniformity to playing surfaces at a classic English parkland course. Richard Humphreys reports Constant improvement KEDLESTON PARK GC , ENGLAND PROF I LED