Stoke Park to continue renovation

Holes 10 to 18 to undergo facelift in November, to be completed by spring

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Stoke Park will renovate holes 10 to 18 in November following a successful facelift to its front nine last winter.

Bunkers will be re-done, new trees added and an extensive re-working of water features on the Alison Course, Buckinghamshire.

STOKE PARK RE-OPENS FRONT NINE

The stretch of holes will therefore be closed until spring, but the other 18 holes at the club will remain open for play.

Stoke Park’s director of golf, Stuart Collier, explained: “When we began the renovation last year it was always a three-year plan, with one of each of the nine holes being refurbished each winter. The work on the Colt course has been a spectacular success and we’re now looking to bring the second nine holes in line with the first, both in terms of design consistency and playability.

“Additionally, we’re looking to create a truly world-class finish on holes 16 to 18, without losing the feel and aesthetic that Harry Colt was kind enough to leave us. And, in doing that, we need to also ensure the course can be played and enjoyed by golfers of all levels.

“We achieved that aim on the Colt nine and firmly believe we will, ultimately, attain the same high level of design aesthetic and playability on the Alison, to ensure the course is at peak condition for the 21st century golfer.”

Included in the renovation are the holes famously recorded for posterity in the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger – the 17th and 18th – when the eponymous ‘baddie’ was beaten by Sean Connery’s 007, in front of the clubhouse.

The middle section of this three-part project is the latest instalment of a seven-figure facelift to the course.

Head to Stoke park's website for more information

Comments

Played the new look front nine not too long ago - such a massive improvement. Excited to see what 10-18 will look like come spring.