Kaskada Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic features in the Top100 Golf Courses’ website

November 5th, 2012

Kaskada Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic – designed by Jonathan Gaunt and opened for play in June 2007 – now features in the Top100 Golf Courses’ website.

Please click on the link below to view :

http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmlsite/productdetails.asp?id=3510

Chesfield Downs Golf Club (new 27 hole golf course designed by Jonathan Gaunt in early 1990) gets The Poulter Factor!

October 10th, 2012

Chesfield Downs Golf & Country Club, which is part of the Crown Golf group and the club Ian Poulter joined as a junior in 1992, made national TV news headlines this week when it found itself in the spotlight following Ian Poulter’s inspiring performance at Medinah, which gave the European Team the momentum it needed to retain the Ryder Cup in the USA.

Click on the following link to read the full Golf Business News article

http://www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/chesfield-downs-gc-gets-the-poulter-factor/

                  Chesfield Downs Golf Club – Hole #3

Ilkley Golf Club – New Course Flyover – Commentary by Mark James

September 10th, 2012

Ilkley Golf Club have added a  new course flyover to their website with commentary by Club Member and English Professional Golfer, Mark James.

Please click on the New Course Flyover tab on the Ilkley Golf Club home page to view one of the most picturesque courses in the country and the latest course improvements, as advised  by Jonathan Gaunt following a  full course audit in 2011 – see link below.

http://www.ilkleygolfclub.co.uk/

Construction work is back on track at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in County Durham

August 28th, 2012

Golf Business News publish the latest news on the contruction works for the new 18-hole championship standard golf course at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club in County Durham.

Read the Golf Business News article at:

http://www.golfbusinessnews.com/news/courses/ramside-hall-construction-back-on-track/?utm_source=Newsletter+Subscribers&utm_campaign=b1697fa61b-Weekly_Newsletter_2012_8_24&utm_medium=email

Leeds Golf Centre “Wike Ridge” course – Phase 1 of the reconstruction works are now complete

August 14th, 2012

Gaunt Golf Design’s 18-Hole Course Upgrade

The first phase of the reconstruction works are now complete on the 18-hole “Wike Ridge” course at the Leeds Golf Centre in the sand belt of North Leeds, close neighbour to such famous and illustrious courses as Moortown, Alwoodley, Sandmoor, Headingley and Moor Allerton. The course was originally designed in the early 90’s by Donald Steel, the only golf course architect to have undertaken work on all Open Championship venues.

The owner, Park Lane Properties, a Leeds-based property developer of apartments and hotels in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, has been brave and forward thinking in its approach to providing golf for all at an affordable price, whilst not compromising on quality.

The new-look Wike Ridge course has had what could be considered to be a “kind-of facelift”, with the renovation of all sand bunkers, the introduction of new strategically-placed fairway and approach bunkers and the eradication of “pinch-points” which included the complete removal of original hole #2.

Other improvements include new tees on holes: #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #9, #12, #14, #15, #17 and #18; a new 394 yards, par-4 hole #3; a new dog-leg 384 yards, par-4 hole #4; a new 187 yards, downhill par-3 hole #5; and numerous new water features and hazards on holes #6, #9, #10, #12, #13, #14, #15 using a naturally-occurring existing ditch and a feature lake on 361 yards, par-4 hole #18. Together with these enhancements the course length has increased to 6534 yards, par 72.

During the course of the construction works 1,500 semi-mature trees (comprising Oak, Silver Birch, Ash, Field Maple, Pine and Rowan) were transplanted (from existing plantations) in-between fairways to further emphasise the design strategy and provide screening. This work was undertaken by Northern Tree Transplanters Limited, managed by Peter Robinson.

The golf course contractors were White Horse (Northern) Contractors Limited, based in Thirsk and managed by Jim Crabbe. The irrigation contractor is AV Irrigation Limited, managed by Andy Veltman and the agronomic advisor to Leeds Golf Centre is the Sports Turf Research Institute.

Gaunt Golf Design’s new 18-hole golf course extension – owned and operated by Ramside Estates Limited

June 7th, 2012

Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club, County Durham’s leading golf resort, has started work on a new £15m development including an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, leisure centre and hotel expansion. 

The 27-hole golf resort and four star hotel is situated on the outskirts of Durham City and is owned by Ramside Estates Ltd, the largest privately owned hospitality group in North East England.
Ramside Hall Estates director, John Adamson, said: “We are pressing ahead with plans to give County Durham a first-class golf resort that it can be proud of. Ramside is already considered among the finest golf destinations in the North of England and by expanding the hotel and creating a new course we are polishing our golfing diamond.” 

The course, designed by Gaunt Golf Design, is the only new golf course development planned for completion in England in 2012. Jonathan designed and supervised the construction of the original 27 holes at Ramside Hall, which opened in 1996.

To create the new course Jonathan will revamp four of the existing Cathedral Course holes, retire five existing holes, and add 14 new holes on former agricultural land near the villages of Pittington and Belmont. The new course will measure a little more than 7,200 yards from the back tees, have a par of 72, and be made up of four par 5’s, four par 3’s and ten par 4’s. Construction began in March and all new 18 holes will be completed by November 2012.

This site is really special. It is a mature and established piece of land with lots of elevation changes, a sense of rural remoteness and natural water features including becks and streams. From the 10th tee there is a view of Durham’s iconic Norman Cathedral which dates from 1093 and is considered one of the greatest religious buildings in the world – as a contrast, from the 16th fairway one can see the “Angel of the North” – possibly the most recognizable contemporary sculpture in the British Isles.

The development also includes 34 executive houses in secluded and picturesque locations bordering the golf course, the construction of which will begin in Summer 2012.

The golf course and leisure complex is expected to be completed and opened by September 2013, when Ramside Estates Ltd celebrates its 50th anniversary as a business.

Click link below to read Q&A interview  with Jonathan about the golf course development at Ramside, published in Global Golfer. 

http://globalgolfermag.com/editorsblog/design-for-life/

Gaunt Golf Design complete course audit at Harrogate Golf Club – course improvements to be undertaken over the next five years.

February 28th, 2012

Harrogate Golf Club - hole #18

Gaunt Golf Design have recently completed a full audit of the Sandy Herd/Harry Colt/Alister MacKenzie designed course at Harrogate Golf Club, set on an undulating site, which was once open moorland, overlooking the attractive north Yorkshire town of Ripon, to the north-east of Harrogate. The work has involved assessing all aspects of the golf course which has undergone some renovation over recent years including advice from Jonathan Gaunt in the mid-1990’s.

The recommendations include new tees complexes, greens surrounds, water features, the renovation of all bunkers, improvements to practice facilities and a significant amount of woodland management (clearance of parkland-style plantations) to restore the native moorland characteristics. Some original Colt/MacKenzie mounding, bunkering and featuring has been well-preserved, but some has been disguised with dense blocks of gorse.  The work is scheduled to be undertaken over the next five years, with Phase 1 starting in Spring 2012.

Harrogate Golf Club - hole #18

Gaunt Golf Design complete full course audit at Headingley Golf Club – course improvements to be undertaken over the next five years.

February 28th, 2012

Headingley Golf Club - Hole #16 green

Gaunt Golf Design have recently completed a full audit of the Harry Colt/Alister MacKenzie (and later Hawtree) designed course at Headingley Golf Club, which was established in 1907 and is set on a beautiful undulating heathland/moorland site to the north of Leeds. There are some stunning examples of Colt and Mackenzie’s finest work on bunkers and greens, however, some aspects have been lost or, sadly, unsympathetically modified over the years.

The work has involved assessing all aspects of the golf course on a hole-by-hole basis and producing a masterplan, detailing recommendations that include new tees complexes, greens and surrounds, water features, the renovation of all bunkers, improvements to practice facilities and a complete new hole #4. The work is scheduled to be undertaken over the next five years, with Phase 1 starting in Spring 2012.

Headingley Golf Club - Hole #17 green

 

Headingley Golf Club - hole #17 green

Ilkley Golf Club – work has started on Phase 2 of the course improvements

February 15th, 2012

Gaunt Golf Design undertook a course audit at Ilkley Golf Club in Summer 2010 and then prepared a comprehensive masterplan advising upon improvements to tees, bunkers, greens, landing areas and woodland management. 

Following completion of the Phase 1 works last year, Phase 2 of the course redevelopment is now underway on the Alister MacKenzie designed course  on the banks of the River Wharfe in West Yorkshire. The course, once home to Alister MacKenzie as a member before he went to Alwoodley GC in Leeds, is undergoing a bunker renovation programme and this year the work is concentrated on holes #4, #5, #14, #17 and #18. Hole #15 was completed in 2011.

Renovation of Holes #17 and #18 are now complete, see photographs below:

Ilkley GC - Hole #17 - right-hand approach bunker

Ilkley GC - Hole #18 - left-hand fairway bunkers

Park Hall Golf Resort, Mansfield Woodhouse, UK – Planning Consent granted in December 2011

February 14th, 2012
Park Hall Golf Resort showing proposed golf course, clubhouse and lodges

Park Hall Golf Resort showing proposed golf course, clubhouse and lodges

In December 2011 planning consent was finally granted for another new 18-hole Gaunt Golf Design project, the Park Hall Golf Resort, based in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire for Vital Property Limited. The course is a par 69, 5623 yards only, short by modern standards, but it’s carefully and thoughtfully designed with water features, woodland and strategic bunkering. It will  be challenging to play because there are some bold changes in level – provided by the existing topography. Also planned is a modern golf clubhouse, boutique hotel, rentable apartments/suites in the adjacent Park Hall Mansion and 16 private lodges overlooking the golf course.
Click on link below to view Park Hall Golf Resort’s website:
http://www.parkhallgolfresort.co.uk/