Ipswich Golf Club is now fully reopened ahead of the new season. The Purdis Heath Course had 20 of its bunkers reconstructed to restore them to their original styling when the course was constructed in 1926.
Neill Ellice, Ipswich Golf Club General Manager, said: “The bunkers look stunning already and we haven’t got into the growing season yet. The turf has bedded in extremely well thanks to a great autumn, the sand is in place and people have already commented on the way they’ve enhanced the course. It’s perfect timing for completion too with the Easter weekend competitions being the traditional start to our season.”
The renovation process, which started in September, has been supervised by renowned golf course architect Martin Hawtree, whose grandfather Fred designed the course with legendary golfer James Braid 89 years ago.
Using old photographs Hawtree was able to analyse the bunkers across the course before utilising its expertise to draw up a blueprint for contractors and Ipswich Golf Club’s own greenkeeping team to follow to ensure the bunkers were returned to their original state.
Picture Credit: Moira Ellice