The changes to the 8th hole are both subtle and dramatic at the same time, but the finished product is very impressive and has improved the hole greatly as a result.
As per Ken Kearney's recommendations above, the existing fairway bunker has been remodelled in situ, but now sits a little further out into the fairway and away from the trees bordering the practice ground on the left hand side.
As before, the surround was shaped before a revetted turf edge installed to build the soil up to, before the new liner and sand were then introduced.
The new/additional fairway bunker was then created/shaped beyond the existing fairway bunker:-
Next the greenside bunker was remodelled in situ, after the large tree was removed (which sat at the top edge of the bunker) whose roots were causing problems. From the photo below, its hard to even remember how the tree looked beforehand, as once it was removed you can barely notice its absence in my opinion!
After the tree was removed, the existing greenside bunker was reshaped and a new swale/hollow introduced where the tree once stood, to hep divert water away from, rather than into, the bunker.
The finished product is visually stunning, both from the tee and also from the fairway as you play your approach shot to the green.
Both fairway bunkers are clearly visible from the teeing grounds and will make the longer hitters apply some strategy to their tee shot, i.e. whether to play a positional shot or to take their chances with the driver!
However, because the bunkers now extend further into the fairway, it was decided to remove two of the trees closest to the edge of the fairway on the right hand side which blocked the approach shot for anyone who was level with the big tree on the corner and previously would not have had a shot to the green - you can't say we aren't at least trying to be fair!
By removing the large tree on the front right hand side of the green, this will facilitate more light and air circulation, which in turn should help the turf improve on the right hand side, which would previously have become damaged due to the amount of traffic, as this is the natural route taken by golfers when walking to the green and then moving on to the next hole.
Hole #9 summary to follow next.
25th April 2020