New holes laid out as first phase of regeneration finishes at Falmouth Golf Club

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth Golf Club director Steve Burrows (left) and head greenkeeper Simon Johnson pictured next to one of the brand new holes Falmouth Golf Club director Steve Burrows (left) and head greenkeeper Simon Johnson pictured next to one of the brand new holes

The first phase of the regeneration of Falmouth Golf Club's course is nearing completion with two brand new holes having been laid out.

Head greenkeeper Simon Johnson said: “We hope the new holes will be in play around next July but this all depends on the spring that we get. We will need good growing conditions for everything to be in place by July, but if we have a late start to spring this may push us back a little.

“The holes are to be a downhill par 3 of 234 yds from the white tees, and a sweeping dogleg left par 4, uphill which is 348 yds. These have been constructed by myself with the help of Richard Mann Plant Hire and Contractors from Penryn.”

All the greens have been laid to STRI (sports turf research institute) specifications. The organisation specialises in constructing and maitaining new, and upgrading existing, golf courses.
Simon aded: “We have five greenkeepers at Falmouth: first assistant Keith Kellow, assistant greenkeepers Mark Moore and Patrick Ibbotson, and Shaun Cuffin who is our greenkeeper and mechanic.

“It has taken lots of extra hours from all of the staff and they have had to run the course whilst I have spent a lot of time on the new holes. The existing course has been in really good condition throughout the time of construction of the new holes and credit must go to the staff for this.”

Simon said the work had been satisfying, and exciting to be a part of.

"We are just about to order the trees that will be planted on the new holes - several thousand will go in over the next few months, including some wildflower areas.”

Further plans for the course include an exciting par three ‘stadium’ hole over a pond to finish the round in front of the impressively designed new clubhouse.

The final holw will have superb views over teh bay of Falmouth and beyond, and provide a great addition not only to the Golf Club - which already has stunning cliff top holes - but also the town of Falmouth as it moves towards being the best club in Cornwall.

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