Golf Course Architecture: Issue 55 - January 2019

21 TEE BOX Construction work is complete on the new King’s course, designed by Stuart Rennie, at Torvean Golf Club in Inverness, Scotland. The new course is located on the northern side of the river Ness and adjacent to the Caledonian Canal, with the second phase of the Inverness West Link project – a road connecting the Torvean area to the south of the city – to be constructed in between the eighteenth hole and proposed practice area after the opening of the course. “The proposed course has been developed on more undulating land to the west of the existing course overlooked by the Scottish Natural Heritage headquarters,” said Rennie. “The vision was to create a like-for- like golf course bringing modern day design principals into play with a view to create a heathland style course using a quintessential highland landscape planting pallet incorporating the likes of heather, gorse and fescue grasses. “Whilst creating a routing that flows with the contours and works with the landscape, the course has been designed to improve the biodiversity of the site. A series of waterbodies and wetlands along with buffer planting and grassland planting will create an ecologically rich landscape to coexist with the day- to-day functioning of the golf course. Public access has been provided with a designated signed access/fitness trail through the course creating a more accessible space for the local community. The clubhouse will also be relocated closer to the community and will be open to the public.” The relocation of the existing course to adjacent land has seen the creation of a new layout, opening up an improved master planned gateway. The former municipal layout has been renamed the King’s golf course and includes sixteen new holes and two holes from the existing course that have been completely renovated. Construction started in September 2016 and is generally complete. The course is expected to be open for play in June 2019. Torvean prepares to open new King’s course Photo: Rennie Design