Golf Course Architecture - Issue 72, April 2023

TEE BOX Bunker reconstruction work at Hankley Common Golf Club in Surrey, England, has taken another step forward following recent construction work by MJ Abbott, to a design plan set out by Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert. The course originally opened in 1897 as a nine-hole layout, with James Braid expanding it to 18 in 1922. Harry Colt remodelled parts of the course in 1936 and, according to Ebert, it is one of the finest heathland settings in the country – located on a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the North Downs. In 2020, the club engaged Ebert to develop a masterplan, and he proposed reworking bunkers and creating new sand areas for greater harmony with the course’s heathland landscape. Ebert’s plan also covered greens surrounds, areas of heather, tees and paths. “The project has focused upon bringing the bunkers to life, making them blend into the heather surroundings and giving them a more Martin Ebert transforms bunkering at Hankley Common Photo: Mackenzie & Ebert 16 An exposed sand area has been created short of the par-three second green