Course improvements continue at Whitburn

A major course development programme at Whitburn Golf Club is well underway.

Contractors are now on-site at the Lizard Lane course, with work being carried out on the eighth, 10th and 13th holes – with further work planned – after the club received a £250,000 loan from one of its members.

The loan was accepted by members at an extraordinary general meeting, after the work was outlined by architect Jonathan Gaunt.

The programme includes a number of new tees and improvements to bunkering across the course, and it is hoped it will be completed by 2024.

Three new bunkers on the fourth and fifth holes are already in play, while the new tee boxes include a spectacular raised tee at the par three 16th, which is part of a reorganisation of the final three holes on the coastal side of the course.

Extending the third and seventh holes – currently 339 and 318 yards – will take the course from 5,877 yards to around 6,040 yards in total.

Further work has seen a new path built behind the current 17th green, improvements to the short 14th hole, and a realignment of the 18th fairway.