Following on from a design policy report completed in association with golf writer and historian Adam Lawrence in 2015, Tim Lobb has been commissioned by St George's Hill Golf Club in Surrey, England, to review the Club's main Red and Blue nines, and has already started work on restoring features created by original architect Harry Colt.
The biggest job in the first phase of work has been the creation of a new green for the first hole. Colt's original green, right on top of a hill, was abandoned in the 1930s as members found it too difficult, and a new, lower green built by Fred Hawtree. More recently, this green, which has a slight bowled character, not a style favoured by Colt, has performed badly, so the Club and Lobb took the decision to rebuild following Lobb's advice. The new green will be larger and more in keeping with the rest of the course, while an original Colt bunker has been restored on the left side of the fairway, and a new bunker added further up that side, to restore the original strategy of the hole as closely as possible.
"It's a privilege to work at St George's Hill, and very satisfying to be returning the course closer to Harry Colt's original vision," said Tim.
Course Manager Chris Gosden and his team are carrying out the works with contractor Profusion Environmental at this stage. Club Secretary Gary Peddie said: "We know that we are custodians of one of Harry Colt's greatest works, so it is reassuring to have Tim's help in restoring the course closer to his original design."
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