Skipton Golf Club has opened its remodelled and enhanced 15th green, the first stage in a complete transformation of the course.
The project represents one of the single most important developments in the long history of the well-known club, which was founded in 1893. Work is on schedule to be completed next summer during Skipton Golf Club’s landmark 125th anniversary year.
The current 15th green was temporarily rendered inaccessible during the construction of four replacement bridges under the Environment Agency’s Flood Alleviation Scheme for Skipton.
Club Chairman Michael Hirst explained: “However, the golf club seized this opportunity, taking the bold decision to invest over £15,000 in a complete rebuild of the green and surrounds last autumn.
“Members are now enjoying testing their putting skills on the larger, well-drained green, which has been raised by a metre in height, providing an enhanced view from the fairway across Eller Beck.”
Over this summer, a significant amount of improvement work to drainage, greens and pathways has been carried out at Skipton and a spacious and modern new green keepers’ building has been constructed.
Next season will see a complete re-routing of the existing course to incorporate two new recently constructed par 4 holes, designed by top designer David Jones and built by leading golf course constructors MJ Abbott, who together with Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley, were responsible for the much acclaimed recent renovation of the bunkers at Wentworth
A target date of August, 2018, has been set for the opening of two new holes.
Mr Hirst commented: “This is an exciting time at Skipton Golf Club. The financial settlement agreed with the Environment Agency has enabled us to continue to provide a full 18 holes throughout the works, while at the same time constructing two top quality new holes on adjacent land.
“We are all looking forward to these being incorporated into the revised course in 2018. This will effectively lengthen the course, present new challenges and open new views of the glorious surrounding countryside, while retaining the unique character and challenge of Skipton Golf Club.
“Our current offers and range of subscription options have already attracted numerous new members.”
Other potential new members should contact Skipton Golf Club on 01756 795657 or visit