WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
MERRIGAN & CONTOUR ON COURSE IN IRELAND
James Braid's 1911 layout has stood the test of time well but the greens and tees were of traditional design and, more important, build resulting in a need to upgrade the specification. While so doing, the opportunity has been taken to redesign the green surrounds, enlarge the tees and upgrade the bunkering. "So far we have completed phase one of the programme," explained Eichler who continued, "This has involved nine greens and eight tees. I suppose that the most remarkable part of the job to date has been the speed and ease at which we have progressed; we started on June 25th this year and finished on September 21st. It went like clockwork and that is thanks to a tremendous amount of pre-planning and Patrick's insistence that the work was carried out in the summer months." Merrigan is in complete agreement with this appraisal as he explained, "It can all go terribly, terribly wrong in the winter when you are trying to work soil under the worst possible conditions. Clubs often think that it is best to go ahead in the winter when they are quiet but that is not true, always do the work when the grass is growing and the leaves are on the trees."
The first phase saw work carried out in the southwest corner of the site and the disruption to play was minimal due the extra six holes that Grange had built some seven years ago. Thus a full 18-hole golf course was available for play throughout the remodel process.
Grange Golf Club is the latest in a line of works from Contour Golf in Ireland that include the rebuild of Irish Open venue Fota Island.