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Frank,Just so I understand.Was that bunker work in the "after" photos of 5 & 6 done by your team or done in-house?Congrats on the appointment,Ally
Quote from: Ally Mcintosh on August 25, 2013, 05:48:07 PMFrank,Just so I understand.Was that bunker work in the "after" photos of 5 & 6 done by your team or done in-house?Congrats on the appointment,AllyIt was done completely in-house by the course manager and his guys using their own digger and hand work.
Well Frank - what gives?Ciao
These bunkers are singled out because they have Sportscrete in them, which has not been a success, and they need to be redone soon.
Quote from: Frank Pont on April 22, 2014, 03:02:54 PMThese bunkers are singled out because they have Sportscrete in them, which has not been a success, and they need to be redone soon.Frank,Thanks for the update. I like the Blackwell course so it's nice to hear how things are developing. A couple of questions if I may - Why do Blackwell consider the Sportscrete to have been unsuccessful?What is being done with the Sportscrete waste/spoil?What sort of base will the bunkers be re-done with?atbPS - how has your work just up the M42 at Copt Heath been progressing? Maybe an update on the C-H photo-tour thread? - http://www.golfclubatlas.com/forum/index.php/topic,44836.0.html
I finally made it back to Blackwell to see some of the progress. I have to say, while to many looking at photos the difference may seem subtle, but I can assure the aggregate of widened fairways and tree/vegetation removal is a remarkable transformation. Don't get me wrong, the club has a long, very long way to go to fully recapature the grandeur of the Fowler/Simpson design, but the headway made thus far in this 5 year plan is striking. The bunkers? I am not sure about them. The course and club is a simple affair and I wonder if well done grass-over faces aren't a better look, especially given the parkland setting. I any case, many kudos to the club and Frank. See the updated tour on page 1 ad watch this space.Ciao
Fine old photos Frank. Thanks for posting. A couple of initial observations -There were numerous bunkers all the way across in front of the par-3 6th green in 1926 that have not been 'restored'. Any particular rreason?Per the various old photos, the 1960's plan and a quick look at Bings satmap, it appears that the pond on the par-3 9th hole was expanded considerably sometime in the last few decades for the hole is now played over the pond rather than to the left side of it as it once was.atb