This year’s winners made dramatic improvements
on limited budgets BY MIKE STETZ
Two things stand out when it comes to the
renovation of The Richmond Golf Club golf
course, outside of London:
1) The stellar transformation of the course
bunkers, which have gone from major
liabilities to course hallmarks.
2) The price tag for said transformation. A
mere 200 grand.
Architect Tim Lobb figured he’d be up
against some big-moneyed projects in Golf
Inc.’s Renovation of the Year contest for
2012. Sure, rugged economic times have
forced many clubs to downscale renovation
projects, but many of this year’s entries still
ran into the millions.
How could they not? Moving earth,
removing or planting trees, replacing or
sculpting greens, rearranging bunkers —
none of that is cheap.
“I knew we’d be facing guys who spent
$5 million or more, but we thought we did
some pretty nice things,” said Lobb, of the
design firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb. “We
put a lot of effort into it.”
And it shows. As one of our judges said
of the renovation: “This is an extremely
elegant solution to transform a course with
a very limited budget. It shows, in dramatic
fashion, how bunkering defines a course.
For the club or owner wanting to make a