The greatest attraction is also the most significant threat to the course at Barton on Sea Golf Club, located on England’s south coast overlooking the Channel and the Isle of Wight. The original course, dating back to 1897, was extended to twenty-seven holes in the early nineties and takes full advantage of the cliff top setting in creating some wonderfully spectacular holes. But now the power of the sea and the UK’s highly changeable climate is taking its toll with the club now finding a number of holes under threat from the receding coastline.
Swan Golf Designs (SGD) is helping the membership at this highly popular club redesign those holes which are under threat, and at the same time is extending its expert analysis to other parts of the course to identify opportunities for improvement. It is likely that, starting this autumn, five holes will be altered with the construction of new tees, new bunkers and one new fairway plus modifications to two greens.
The second phase of work is anticipated to include that two or three more holes will be renovated with the redesign and reconstruction of tees and bunkering.
Other proposed improvements consist of the revisions to the overall bunkering throughout the course and further development of the large practice ground to realise a multifunctional range and family golf course.