Tuesday 12th October 2021
Nizels sees quarter of a million investment into drainage and bunker improvements
Nizels has just concluded an ambitious programme of course improvements designed to improve playing conditions and extend the use of the course.
The club worked with international golf course architect Jonathan Gaunt to lay out plans for significant drainage and bunker works over the summer, including the addition of substantial main drainage and extensive gravel banding.
The bunker works included re-shaping and infilling existing bunkers as well as the construction of new bunkers. A total of 15 bunkers have been added or re-designed, which has dramatically improved the look and playability of 8 of the 18 holes that Nizels offers.
The work finished ahead of schedule and the ongoing recovery has been miraculous, with ideal weather conditions.
Golf Operations Manager Tito Triana commented; “Our members have been amazingly supportive throughout the works, so much so that the work has completed ahead of schedule and areas have recovered extremely quickly. We are amazed with the final result and feel these changes make our course one of the best in the Southeast.”
Club Director Nicky Linton-Briggs is delighted with the outcome, which has made the popular Kent course an even more attractive option for local golfers; “We are thrilled with the results of the recent investment and feel very privileged to have been able to invest in both the course and resources at Nizels during these challenging times. The golf membership is growing at Nizels and country wide, which is a very positive step forward for golf nationwide.”
Paul Shepherd and his greenkeeping team will be regularly topdressing the drain lines to ensure playing surfaces remain level and consistent, and to guard against further sinkage over the winter period. “The design and repositioning of the new bunkers has almost turned Nizels into a new golf course. The drainage will certainly extend the course’s playability over the winter.”
As well as recent roof repairs and a newly painted and decorated dining area, Nizels golfers can look forward to refurbished changing rooms in the next few weeks.
During lockdown, Nizels was a reciprocate of a junior golf grant from Kent Golf to develop their practice area, and the club is now welcoming new junior golfers to get in touch regarding their new junior golf programme.
The club is also on the hunt for two apprentices from the government kickstart programme to join their greenkeeping team and help with the upkeep and maintenance of the improved course.
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Majority-owned by Epiris LLP, The Club Company operates 15 country clubs, the majority of which are located in central and southern England. The clubs offer a range of facilities to their members, including championship standard golf courses, premium health and fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and accommodation. Majority-owned by Epiris LLP, The Club Company operates 15 country clubs, the majority of which are located in central and southern England. The clubs offer a range of facilities to their members, including championship standard golf courses, premium health and fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and accommodation.