Renovations continue at Alnmouth

Work to enhance the challenge presented by the golf course at Alnmouth Golf Club continued this winter, with the focus on the bunkering of the ninth and 12th holes.

Following the detailed master plan created by architect Howard Swan of Swan Golf Design and inkeeping with the original work on the golf course’s layout by Harry Colt, the bunkering on the ninth hole has been fully renovated and reshaped in the Colt style.

The 12th hole has also been fully rebunkered, while a new runoff area has been created in the back right of the green, increasing the challenge presented by back pin positions.

Minor changes to holes seven and 16 have seen run off areas tweaked to ensure they present the intended challenge to golfers and can be maintained to the correct level.

When complete, the programme will see an overall reduction in the number of bunkers on the course by around 40%, with every bunker that remains being renovated and returned to, or reshaped in, the Colt style.

Alnmouth general manager Daniel Harrison said: “The work carried out this winter by our team along with Swan Golf Design has gone very well and we’re looking forward to seeing the new bunkers in action. Aesthetically, the bunkers are much more inkeeping with the Colt style with their small revetted faces and fescue-strewn top edges, and we’re very happy with how the programme is progressing.”

Meanwhile, the club is also working with Tim Griffiths of LS Systems on a substantial upgrade its irrigation system.