One of Sydney’s busiest golf course makeover companies, James Wilcher’s Golf by Design, has won the contract to rebuild Strathfield’s new-look layout, with work recently beginning on the project.
The GBD Master Plan for the project was released late last year and the new design will feature both the 18th and eighth holes finishing near the clubhouse, making the front eight and back 10 more accessible.
Strathfield has undertaken a massive enhancement of the entire property with a new clubhouse and practice area included after gaining $52 million from the sale of its clubhouse and carpark.
It is anticipated that the course redesign – which will involve the building of six new holes – will be completed by the end of 2017. The new clubhouse is expected to take about 24 months to be finished
According to the club’s website, in January the par-5 9th hole was shortened to a par-4 with a temporary tee located in front of the works area. The 10th hole was then taken out of play to build a new green and surrounds and holes 13A and 13B were introduced to continue to all 18 holes in play.
The club expected this phase of the project to be fairly straightforward, subject to weather conditions, with the holes back in play 16 weeks after the work begins.
The new Strathfield layout will be a testing par-71 (35-36) with its five par-5 holes, six par-3s and seven par-4s measuring 5827m overall.
Golf by Design also has been appointed to undertake the redesign of Merewether Golf Club near Newcastle. In recent years it also has redesigned Roseville, North Ryde, North Turramurra, Pennant Hills and Cromer golf courses.
And GBD’s Managing Director James Wilcher says it soon will announce some global projects in which it will link with one of Australia’s best-known Major- winning golfers, who is based in the USA.