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.
As October draws to a close, it is time to say goodbye to a 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 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 does get the excitement going 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 completed 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 truely incredible to see what was once a flat field is now 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! and 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.