Golf Course Architecture - Issue 70, October 2022

40 TEE BOX St. Mellion Estate in Cornwall, England, completed renovation work on its Jack Nicklaus course ahead of it hosting the Challenge Tour in early October. Greenkeeper Mike Bush has overseen the introduction of new tees at the twelfth and fourteenth – extending the course to over 7,000 yards – and topdressing of fairways to improve surface drainage and playability. Bunkers have been reshaped by Nicklaus Design and significant drainage work has been completed, along with the installation of a new Toro irrigation system. Bush said: “The new tees and refurbished bunkers will be the most obvious additions but committing to an annual programme of topdressing for the fairways, as well as the greens, tees and landing areas, has made a significant difference in terms of playability.” Photo: St. Mellion Estate St. Mellion completes upgrades on Nicklaus layout Construction work has started on the new Mulan Golf Club layout designed by Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. The rugged, natural site has 180-degree views of the sea, and the course will be routed through jungle ridgelines, valley bowls and seaside bluffs, with the final three holes playing along the beach. “We are working with an unparalleled natural canvas that will serve as a setting for a course that will blend into the beautiful terrain,” said golf course architect Mike Gorman of RTJ II. “Grenada has long been considered a great sailing destination and now golf will become part of this storied island. Guests will appreciate that this is a ‘golf first’ core layout that works to preserve and emphasise the natural terrain.” Construction begins on new RTJ II course in Grenada Photo: RTJ II Global round-up