The Club Company & Gaunt Golf Design
The Club Company is a premium collection of 15 country clubs throughout the UK, combining a traditional golf environment with state-of-the-art health and ﬁtness facilities. It is their mission to be the premier collection of golf and country clubs in the UK, offering members, visitors and guests a feel-good experience through health and wellness, golf and more. The Club Company is hugely proud of their facilities and the experience on offer and continuously strive to maintain the highest levels of service and standards.
Since 2017, The Club Company, has committed to some major course remodelling and improvement works and we have been fortunate to have been advising on 5 of their courses – at Cams Hall in Hampshire, Castle Royle in Berkshire, Lichfield in Staffordshire, Nizels in Kent and The Tytherington in Cheshire.
The course remodelling work we’re currently undertaking is bold and forward-thinking, bringing their facilities up to date and offering members and visitors a much-improved playing experience. Primarily, our work involves sympathetic improvements to bunkers, tees, practice facilities, drainage (to improve and enable year-round play) and pathway upgrades to improve accessibility for golfers and maintenance across the courses. Working on these kind of projects is thoroughly satisfying and our design team – Dougie Walker (SAGCA) and Giulia Ferroni (EIGCA) – is able to keep up with the dynamic process and swift decisions being made by The Club Company and provide detailed designs for approvals and costing up to ensure work continues on site without delay.
The work we’re doing at Cams Hall is on a course originally designed by Clive Clark and Peter Alliss, so it possesses their distinctive design features, notably large greens, lakes and sprawling bunkers which, in the 1990s, was very fashionable, but in 2023 are expensive to maintain. The course at Cams Hall is located on the banks of the River Wallington, as it ﬂows out to Portsmouth Harbour and it has a deﬁnite ‘linksland’ feel, with an open and exposed aspect with attractive fragmented views of the water. The new well-positioned bunkers will help to transform the playing strategy, making it necessary to think your way around the course to score well, rather than automatically pulling the driver out of the bag. In particular, the par threes have been improved with a reﬁnement of the bunker positions to make them more aesthetically appealing and more memorable to play. All work is being undertaken by Greasley’s – Phase 1 was completed in April 2023 and Phase 2 starts on site in November 2023.