Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

28   Golf Course Architecture Tee Box Goosen begins landscape restoration at Royal Cape Andrew Goosen of The Morris Golf Co. has started work on a landscape restoration project on the oldest golf course in South Africa, at Royal Cape Golf Club in Wynberg. Royal Cape appointed Goosen to assist with a number of course improvements. Initial work on the eighth hole includes improved landscaping and the removal of a number of exotic trees, with the original Charles Murray design in mind. “We have just finished on the eighth, with seeding and planting to happen next. The fourteenth will follow. “The most exciting aspect of this work and the potential master plan is the restoration of the indigenous and endemic landscape,” he continued. “A combination of our drought last year and an out-of-control beetle that is starting to decimate the parklands means that Royal Cape, and others, are being forced to review, almost entirely, their landscapes for the immediate and long term.” Royal Cape’s golf course superintendent Gaeren Wilkinson said “There is a rich diversity of plants in the area, many of which are critically endangered or no longer occur in the wild. Royal Cape, with the help and expertise of Caitlin von Witt from Fynbos LIFE and its Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery, have started to reintroduce a number of these locally adapted plants on the course”. Photos: Andrew Goosen O’Callaghan completes bunker renovation at Friendly Hills Golf course architect Casey O’Callaghan has completed a bunker renovation project at Friendly Hills Country Club in Los Angeles, California. The private club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, its Jimmy Hines- designed course having opened in 1968. O’Callaghan has been working with the club for the past fifteen years and in 2017 his firm was commissioned to oversee the redesign of bunkers throughout the course. “The main goal of the project was to enhance and improve the sand bunkers throughout the course while addressing existing playability, maintenance, and accessibility concerns,” said O’Callaghan. “There had been no significant changes to the bunkers, other than replacing sand and drainage, since the course was built. A few bunkers had been added over the years that did not blend with the existing design. “The new bunker design focused on creating a bold visual impact to the golf experience. The leading edges were lowered for better visibility from the tee and landing areas and the support mounding was shaped to give more massing and support to the bunker edges.” A key element of the approval process with the membership was the ability to minimise impact of play by only having three holes under construction at any one time. “We implemented temporary tees and temporary greens on these holes so that members could play all eighteen holes throughout the construction period,” said O’Callaghan. Photos: Casey O’Callaghan