Nine hole overhaul for historic 007 course at Stoke Park

9th par 4 Colt,SPC,Stoke Park Club,Stoke Poges,Bucks, England.

Following renovation of the first nine last winter, Stoke Park Country Club, in Bucks, is to follow suit on holes 10 to 18 on its historic golf course from November.

Included in the renovation are the holes which featured in the 1964 James Bond classic, Goldfinger – the 17th and 18th – when the eponymous ‘baddie’ was beaten by Sean Connery’s 007, in front of the clubhouse.

It is the latest installment of a seven-figure investment in a facelift of the whole course by owners, the King family. Work begins on November 1 and the Alison course will be reopened to members on April 21 2017.

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In keeping with the work undertaken on the Colt course last winter, the scheduled refurbishment of the Alison course, comprising holes 10 to 18, will see every bunker fully renovated, with the addition of new tees and an extensive reworking of the water features on holes 12 and 17, plus some cosmetic tweaks to the water hazard on 16.

Stoke Park’s director of golf, Stuart Collier, said: “When we began the renovation last year it was always a three-year plan, with one of each of the nine holes being refurbished each winter. The work on the Colt course has been a spectacular success and we’re now looking to bring the second nine holes in line with the first, both in terms of design consistency and playability.

“Additionally, we’re looking to create a truly world-class finish on holes 16 to 18, without losing the feel and aesthetic that Harry Colt was kind enough to leave us. And, in doing that, we need to also ensure the course can be played and enjoyed by golfers of all levels.

“We achieved that aim on the Colt nine and firmly believe we will, ultimately, attain the same high level of design aesthetic and playability on the Alison, to ensure the course is at peak condition for the 21st century golfer.”