Golf Course Architecture - Issue 56: April 2019

“The main goal of the redesign was to include more variety, strategy and challenge to the greens” said architect Thomas Himmel Berlin Wannsee ready to reopen after greens redesign The 18-hole Championship course at the 27-hole Golf- und Land-Club Berlin Wannsee – one of the oldest golf clubs in Germany – is expected to reopen this month. “The project started out with the plan to rebuild the greens according to modern USGA construction with the intention to keep the design as it was before,” said Matthias Pötter, project lead for construction firm Josef Pötter Golf. “Through the planning stages, it was then agreed to change some of the green designs to optimise water movement and to bring a more modern game. At this stage it became clear that the project will be under enormous and extraordinary time pressure.” Golf course architect Thomas Himmel said: “They were pretty much round- shaped and mainly flat, not fitting to the course itself with its broad undulations and to the prestige and quality of the club. The main goal of the redesign was to include more variety, strategy and challenge to the greens – mainly by incorporating ‘sections’ that would create different pin positions with different grades of challenge.” A bunker renovation, including the Better Billy Bunker system, had already been completed, so the greens work was on the putting surfaces only, and the first two-to-three yards of collar. A turf nursery was established in October 2017 so that the greens could be turfed and ready for play as soon as possible after construction work began. Pötter Golf ’s site manager Darryl Spelman has overseen the movement of over 15,000 tonnes of materials on the site, and Mark Turner was responsible for shaping. Construction work began in October 2018 and was completed in February 2019. In the space of two months, from October to December, Pötter Golf handled 95 per cent of the total project, including turfing. “We are very happy and proud with the progress we have made in such short amount of time,” said Pötter. “Proper planning of logistics combined with a professional relationship between the workforce on site and the club were key factors to this achievement.” Photo: Josef Pötter Golf 23