In 2013, it was announced that the proposed path of the new high speed train was to go through Ingestre Park Golf Club. Fast forward 8 years and we are now in a position to reconfigure the course to allow Ingestre Park GC to survive and thrive with 12 new holes and the upgrading of 6 existing holes. Course architects - (International Design Group) and course construction contractors - (MJ Abbott Ltd), are creating what will be a truly special golf course.
Here is the map of the reconfigued course and a few highlights from the design to tease you.
A tempting short par4 which is riddled with danger as the fairway swoops around a lake to the green. A perfect opening hole!
Whilst we are sad to be losing one of the most iconic 18th holes in the Midlands, we are going to replace it with one which we think is even better! The downhill par 5 is being replaced with a delightful par 3, over a lake and in front of the Club House. No pressure!
A stunning par 3 with the teeing ground surounded by new lake to a green which is well guarded by bunkers.
It's decision time. Play safe down the right side or risk the shortcut up the left for the easier approach to the green. Either way, it's a treat of a hole.
It's hard to keep track of progress as MJ Abbott are flying!
All the new holes across the road are shaped with the 11th, 12th & 13th nearing completion. Now we can see a lot of the shaping of these holes, we are blown away by the designs! VERY excited!
The new 1st, 9th & 18th are growing in nicely. Fairways have been mapped out and we are starting to see how these holes will be presented for play.
New 17th (old 9th) & 16th (old 8th) greens and surrounds are all complete, seeded and growing in.
New 15th (old 3rd) is now complete with new tee, green, bunkers, irrigation and drainage. Seeing how much drainage has gone into these holes will no doubt improve playability throughout the wetter months.
Work has just started on the new 14th (old 2nd). MJ Abbott wasted no time in cracking on with this.
Very exciting times at the Club and its amazing to see the speed and professionalism of the contractors bringing this project to life.
The weather continues to be on our side with conditions warming up and the odd spot of rain helping the grow in. The final finish is going down on the buggy paths with the selected colour giving a real modern look.
The new 17th green is complete already! All seeded ready to hand over to our grow in team.
Work has now started on the new 16th green (previous 8th) and new 15th tee (previous 3rd) with shaping of the green already completed.
The 3rd and final (... and biggest) lake is being lined with the tees for the new 2nd hole nestled in to the side of it. New 11th, 12th and 13th holes are really coming on. With the use of the drone we are getting some great visuals to get us excited.
We have had some generally generous weather over the past few weeks which has allowed MJ Abbott to make excellent progress. Shaping of ditches and tees are well under way on new holes 11, 12 and 13.
Work has also begun on the new 17th green (existing 9th) and new 10th tee. Shaping is nearing completion as we get an insight to how the new green will look.
A number of open ditches have also been dug out on our existing holes. The upcoming network of drains will feed into these ditches, taking water off the course.
Excitement is building once again as MJ Abbott's team are starting to arrive back on site. A lot has happened since our last update.
There will be a alot of work happening this year in a many different areas so we will do our best to keep you up to date. The next phase in the schedule is to create the new 11th, 12th & 13th holes along with the reconstruction of the 9th green (new 17th) and 1st tee (new 10th). Watch this space!
It has been an exceptionally wet and mild winter so far with New Year's Day temperature reaching 16.3 degrees. This has allowed the grass to continue to grow at a time it wouldn't normally and has also meant an increased risk of disease on the greens. The greenkeepers have done a great job looking after the grow in process and all is going well. Tees and greens are still having regular cuts and the new 1st and 9th holes are greening up.
As October draws to a close, it is time to say goodbye to the majority of MJ Abbott's workforce for the winter as ground conditions become too soft for the heavy machinery. October was a particulary wet month which made progress difficult however preparation work was carried out so when they return in the spring it will be "full steam ahead".
The grow in process on the 18th, 1st and 9th is going well and it really is exciting seeing the holes covered in grass.
The 18th hole 'grow in' is going really well with grass getting plenty of attention with fertilizers, fungicides and plenty of cuts. It really does look stunning!
The 1st & 9th tees, 1st & 9th greens and practice putting green have been seeded and handed over to us for the grow in process. The fairways/rough are being spray seeded and the 2 holes will soon be covered in lush grass. We will keep you updated with pictures on our social media.
On 1st September we finally got access to the land across the road and work has begun on the 10 new holes to be built over there. The shape of the lake (2nd/8th holes) has started to be dug out. This will be the largest of the 3 lakes. Exciting times ahead!
Construction of the new 18th hole is now complete and seeded and the grow in process is underway. With the warm weather and the sprinkler system running like clockwork, the grass has soon started to grow.
The lake between the 1st and 9th has been lined and the 1st green constructed. Top soil has been applied to both holes and it is truly incredible to see what was once a flat field shaped with impressive undulations.
The new holes are really taking shape with the final top soil being meticulously applied giving great detail of how the hole will finally look. The 1st tee levels have been created with top soil surrounds going on. The practice putting green is now ready and it's huge! Excitement is building for the 18th lake as the liner is going in. There has been alot of intricate work going on on the 18th to manage where the water goes, especially from an underground river.
New 18th and 9th greens are nearing completion with drainage and irrigation installed and the complex layers which make up USGA spec greens are in place. You can really see the detail of contours within the greens.
The lake between the new 1st green and 9th tee is quite literally taking shape and it's BIG! It will be a great feature to the opening hole.
Work is well underway constructing the new hole1, hole 9 and the redesigned 18th hole. The 18th levels are taking shape with the elevated tee area, large lake dug and new green shape pegged out. Things are really starting to take shape and the excitement within the membership is very notable.