Jan 11th, 2016
The Grove gears up for British Masters
Kyle Philips course gets some fine tuning
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
The Grove has just begun a series of enhancements to its award-winning Kyle Phillips-designed golf course, in preparation for hosting The European Tour’s British Masters later this year.
Already acknowledged in a number of influential Top 100 rankings lists, The Grove is renovating all 90 bunkers on its 7,152 yard golf course, and also enhancing drainage on 13 holes.
A number of bunkers will also be built back up to their original levels, decreasing the height of some faces, which we don’t quite get yet.
Anna Darnell, Director of Golf at The Grove, said: “These important course improvements highlight our ongoing commitment to significantly invest in our product and will maintain the golf course in prime condition for the 2016 season and beyond, and ensure an exceptional stage is set when we welcome The European Tour’s finest golfers for The British Masters in October.
“We are expecting the work to take up to eight weeks, but it is important to note that visitor-play will be unaffected, with only two temporary greens in use at any one time during the process.”
The British Masters will be hosted by Luke Donald, and will mark 10 years since The Grove last hosted a major golf tournament. Luke Donald has clearly go his gander back, as he almost dropped out of the professional game last year after a loss of confidence and resultant slip in form.
In 2006, The Grove staged the American Express World Golf Championship, won by Tiger Woods, which remains the only WGC event to ever be played on UK soil. It’s good to have a big event back at an impressive course that is also so near to London and the M25.