Although Ken Kearney's original plan for this hole was to reconstruct the greenside bunkers, after review it was decided not to carry out this aspect of the work at the present time and instead to revisit the entire green complex later this year with a view to improving the green in its entirety, rather than just simply re-doing the bunkers.
However, the changes to the 9th hole are still quite substantial and dramatic, with more tree removal in evidence.
Firstly, the fairway bunker was remodelled in situ, which involved digging out the existing bunker and re-shaping. Roots from the fir tree that sat above the existing bunker were encroaching underground, therefore this tree had to be removed to ensure the new drainage and liner would not be undermined going forward.
Once this work had been done, it became increasingly apparent that the remaining conifers in the area should be considered for removal as well. In fact, there are three existing acers that could not be seen from the tee because the conifers were blocking them from view!
The Green Committee met to consider the removal of the additional three conifers in this area and it was unanimously agreed they should go:-
Once the conifers were removed, work was able to continue to finish the drainage coming out of the bunker, before the liner and sand could then be installed. Finally, the newly cleared area to the left of the remodelled bunker was laid with new turf, and the remaining ground will be seeded and grown in over the next few months.
I think everyone will agree the finished product looks amazing and with the new bunker in place and the non-indigenous conifers removed, the view from the teeing areas has been greatly improved as a result.
In addition to the bunker reconstruction, DAR Golf were also tasked with extending the existing white teeing area on this hole back and slightly to the left to create a new blue teeing area, which will add around 7 yards to the overall length of this hole, as well as creating more of an angle when driving from the blue/championship tee markers.
15th May 2020