Golf Course Architecture - Issue 69, July 2022

26 Caspar Grauballe’s new Black Water Links layout design in Poland is now open for play. It is the first 18-hole golf course near the city of Poznan ´ in the northeast of the country. Grauballe has taken inspiration from classic links and heathland courses with “a modern twist”. His design makes use of visual deception, such as on the seventeenth, where bunkers appear to stretch the length of the fairway to the green, but there is in fact ample landing area. The clubhouse is located on the highest point of the site. “This has given me the opportunity to create a course where play on a large portion of the property can be viewed from the clubhouse,” said Grauballe. “The layout is split into two loops of nine holes, although the back nine can also be split into a three-hole and a six-hole loop in case players want a quick game. “The course finishes with two par fives, a feature I really like as it makes it very interesting for both match and stroke play.” Construction of Black Water Links was handled by contractor All Golf Services, with work beginning in autumn 2019. “The cooperation with All Golf Services has led to some very fine details especially around the greens – I have tried to introduce some of the ground game that is found on links courses into the greens and surrounds,” said Grauballe. “This will be one of the features that players will appreciate as it will demand a lot of imagination around greens.” The driving range and practice facilities, including a six-hole academy course, have been open for over a year. Grauballe hopes the combination of these facilities and the new course can attract new players to the sport, especially women and children. “It has been an exciting project as it brings golf to a new area in Poland and I have been lucky enough to have a passionate client who wants to grow golf not only in Poznan ´ , but also in Poland,” said Grauballe. “The ambition for the course and the practice facilities have been set very high and it has ensured that the club is already successful.” TEE BOX Caspar’s Poznan ´ newbuild opens for play Images: Caspar Grauballe The back nine comprises a three- and six-hole loop