Kedleston Park has embarked on ambitious improvement and upgrade programme under the guidance of Tom Mackenzie of Mackenzie and Ebert majoring on the reworking of some of the course's bunkers.
Originally designed by James Braid, Kedleston Park is a mature parkland course set in peaceful countryside within the grounds of Kedleston Hall, an 18th century stately home just a few miles northwest of Derby city centre. The course was constructed by John Morrison and his team at Colt, Morrison & Alison in the late 1940s to a design originally penned by the renowned James Braid before the Second World War.
It has long been regarded as Derbyshire’s leading course, but ever aware of the competitive nature and the need to continually drive things forwards rather than resting on laurels.
Mackenzie’s brief at Kedleston Park has majored on the reworking of some the course’s bunkers, mounds and greenside complexes, with 2013’s phase one seeing work on the 1st, 10th and 11th holes completed. This winter’s phase two involves a more extensive programme taking in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 17th and 18th holes. Some bunkers are being reshaped and restyled - others repositioned - and others removed and converted into grass hollows or run-offs, with all benefiting from new drainage systems.
The aims of the upgrade programme are twofold – to improve the visual appeal of the holes and to enhance the course’s strategic and tactical demands, ensuring that good shots continue to be rewarded while miscues may lead to greater challenges. Kedleston Park offers a competitive, but friendly and welcoming environment for golfers of all levels.
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