Prestigious Hertfordshire venue Brocket Hall has unveiled an exciting five-year plan to upgrade the golfing experience on its Melbourne Course and elevate it to a new, even higher level.
Working with highly-regarded course designer Guy Hockley, the upgrades at the historic venue will include bunkering enhancements, a redesign of selected greens and general improvements to the playing surfaces.
Work will begin this summer and the renovation programme will improve the overall aesthetics of the golf course and parkland and will ensure that the course continues to challenge golfers despite the constant developments in golf club technology.
Hockley has an accomplished, international reputation as a highly-strategic course architect creating enjoyable and interesting courses. In addition to his own designs, he has worked alongside renowned designers including Martin Hawtree, six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo, and nine-time Major champion Gary Player on numerous award-winning and notable projects around the world.
David Griffin, Brocket's director of golf operations, said: "Together with Guy, we have constructed a comprehensive plan that will see the Melbourne Course continue to compete with the best courses in the country.
"We take great pride in our commitment to provide our members with the best possible facilities. Numerous improvements have been made at the club over the past 12 months and the enhancement of the Melbourne Course will only add to this success."
Set within 543 acres of stunning 18th century parkland, Brocket Hall's two 18-hole championship courses are famously named after the prime ministers who once resided there, Lord Melbourne and Lord Palmerston.
Opened in 1992, the par-72 Melbourne Course is set in magnificent surroundings, crossing the River Lea several times before a memorable finish in front of the hall after a short ferry ride to the 18th green.
In contrast, the Palmerston Course - designed by Donald Steel - is a challenging par-73 woodland layout, with rare Hornbeam, Scots and Corsican pine and 300-year-old oak trees creating a memorable test for professionals and amateurs alike, and is ranked in the latest ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in England' poll by Golf World.
In addition to the magnificent courses, golfers can hone their skills at the renowned Palmerston Golf Academy, and enjoy five-star dining at its award-winning restaurant, Auberge du Lac, a more laid-back meal in Watershyppes Restaurant or a stay in the recently-refurbished Melbourne Lodge.
*For more details on Brocket Hall, phone 01707 368700 or visit www.brocket-hall.co.uk