Golf Course Architecture - Issue 54: October 2018

ON SITE 38   Golf Course Architecture I first visited the site of the JCB course in January 2014. Construction had not begun, but architect Robin Hiseman of European Golf Design was able to show me the whole routing. The only way we were able to get round the property was because a thoughtful member of the project team had stockpiled several pairs of tall Wellington boots, because of the abundant mud. I have rarely seen a wetter site. It was clear that the property for the JCB course was interesting, with some nice contour, but that fixing the drainage was the overarching problem of construction. And in one corner of the course, Hiseman could only say ‘This will be a big earthmove’. I went back two years ago to see a half built course. By this time there was lots of good stuff in place, in particular the home hole, which I felt, even from my first visit, had the potential to be truly epic. That big earthmove – the largest on the course, for the par five thirteenth and its associated lake – was done, and the hole was growing in. But there was still a lot to do – the area that is now holes two, three and four, for example, was a bare construction site. Architect Robin Hiseman has spent the last four years building a course for earthmoving machinery giant JCB, right next to its Staffordshire headquarters. Adam Lawrence has tracked its progress moved The earth