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Swan Designs takes flight this winter

Essex-based, family-owned Swan Golf Designs (SGD) is looking forward to a busy winter of renovation, both domestically and internationally. On home soil, golf course architects William and Howard Swan will be working in each of the four ‘home’ countries.

In England, Barton on Sea GC, in Hampshire, will see four of the nine holes on its Needles course redesigned and refurbished after a successful completion of five holes on the Stroller nine. SGD is scheduled to return to Saffron Walden GC, in Cambridgeshire, this month to change the bunkering on the second and third holes, where safety considerations are at the forefront of the changes to be made.

Further north, on Teesside, Middlesbrough GC, is currently contemplating a major rebunkering exercise, while at Fixby Hall, at the Huddersfield GC, a further phase of the long-term renovation masterplan is to be implemented under William Swan’s direction. He is also beginning the long-term planning of the 18 holes at Wellingborough, in Northamptonshire.

Further north still, in Scotland, SGD will working on the classic course in King’s Park in Stirling, as the second phase of the rebunkering of the Old Tom Morris and James Braid layout continues, while in Wales, SGD expects to return to Nefyn, on the Llŷn Peninsular, to advance the rebunkering of the Old and New courses. The renovated and expanded ‘Point’ at Nefyn has received rave reviews since it was redesigned in 2014.

Across the Irish Sea, the Swans return to Holywood GC, in County Down, Rory McIlroy’s home club, to progress the next stage of the long-term redesign and revocation plan and programme. SGD is an independent and professional golf course architecture firm with a track record of providing clients with successful design solutions on golf course projects for more than 40 years. More at: www.swangolfdesigns.com