We am delighted to announce that we have selected award winning golf course architect Stuart Rennie, MA hons PG Dip, to assist us in our ambitious plans to enhance our parkland course. Stuart will start immediately on his appraisal of the course, looking at the location and configuration of our 85 bunkers; sightlines, tree management and the general lay out of the course, with particular focus on the Par 3 holes to see if we can introduce more variety on yardages.
The first phase of Stuart’s assignment will be to present a hole-by-hole analytical appraisal of the course along with a concept sketch design draft masterplan. He will then present his ideas to the Council of Management for comment. Once the masterplan has been agreed we will display the plans in the clubhouse and give members the chance to comment. We will share all proposals for investment with you before any decisions are taken.
Our aim must be to set aside funds to implement the improvements over an initial period of five years. As you may recall, we are also working with Richard Windows from the Scottish Turf Research Institute on measures to ensure our greens are running more smoothly earlier in the season and Richard is due back with us in early June.
We look forward to a positive and productive partnership with Stuart and Richard in delivering enhancements to our golf course for our members.
Stuart is based at Bishopbriggs, Glasgow but is no stranger to the Highlands, having been a member of Muir of Ord Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Clubs as a youngster. He is qualified in both golf course architecture and landscape architecture, gaining an MA (hons) degree at Edinburgh College of Art, followed by a post graduate diploma with distinction through the European Institute of Golf Course Architects. He is now an Associate member with the EIGCA. In 2009, he was awarded the European Student Golf Architect prize for design. He is also a members of the Scottish Association of Golf Course Architects, a licentiate member of the Landscape Institute and an accredited verifier for the Golf Environmental Organisation.
Professional practice experience has been gained by working as a landscape architect for two of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary practices for more than 8 years as well as working internationally within the specialist team of 5 times Open champion Peter Thomson at Thomson Perrett Golf Course Architects, Melbourne, Australia. Rennie Design is currently working with West Kilbride Golf Club, Cowglen Golf Club and Blackpool North Shore Golf Club as well as with The Highland Council on the Inverness West Link road project, which involves the relocation of Torvean Golf Course.