Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

19 Construction work has started on a new Stirling & Martin-designed golf course in the grounds of Pazo de Xaz, an eighteenth- century mansion near the port city of A Coruña in northwest Spain. Stirling & Martin was chosen from six golf design firms that participated in a tender process organised by Inveravante, an investment firm led by Spanish property tycoon Manuel Jove Capellán. “The old mansion of Pazo de Xaz dates from the seventeenth century and for years was a meeting place for Galician high society,” said Marco Martin of Stirling & Martin. “The house was visited many times by King Alfonso XIII, monarch from 1886 to 1931, and his wife Victoria Eugenia de Battenguer.” The historical building, which will become the golf clubhouse, is surrounded by both formal and informal gardens and the property has an abundance of plants, flowers and specimen trees, as well as an eighteenth-century chapel. The brief to the design team was to create a strategic and attractive golf course that would: preserve the specimen trees and vegetation alongside the two rivers that cross the property; integrate existing buildings in the 160-acre golf area into the design; maximise views to and from the main building; require only wastewater for irrigation; and integrate several sports including jogging and bike trails. The first nine holes and driving range are expected to be shaped before the end of 2018. Local contractor Lopez Cao is aiming to complete as much work as possible before the usual heavy rains of November, which Marco Martin said can delay or even stop construction. Campode Prácticas Putting-green CasaClub Depotiva Socal Aparcameno Stirling & Martin has been selected to design a new course in northwest Spain. The layout will be built in the grounds of seventeenth- century mansion Pazo de Xaz Construction under way on new design at Pazo de Xaz Photo: Stirling & Martin Weiskopf oversees progress of new course overlooking St Andrews Tom Wesikopf, the 1973 Open champion, has recently completed a site visit to review progress of his design for The Feddinch Club, close to St Andrews, Scotland. “This is not a links golf course, although the site has some characteristics of links golf,” said Weiskopf. Construction of new Czech Republic golf resort nears completion Construction of two courses – an 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole executive course – at Twin Chapels Golf Resort Praha, is nearing completion, following a design by Jonathan Gaunt. On his stand-out holes, Gaunt said: “The opening hole, the par-five eighteenth, the long par-four tenth with a view to the chapel, or the sixteenth, tree-lined with a great view to the Central Bohemian Uplands and clubhouse. Too many to decide from!” Construction under way on Harrison renovation of Castle Hill Construction work is under way on the renovation of Castle Hill Country Club in Sydney, Australia, which is being overseen by Bob Harrison. The primary driver for work was to review and reconstruct bunkers. “The bunkers were draining very poorly, looked shabby, and were difficult to get in and out of,” said Harrison. Photo: The Feddinch Club Photo: Jan McGregor Photo: Harrison Golf