“I’m six foot four and some of these bunkers are above my head”

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick May 23, 2024 10:10

With an investment of more than £700,000 for more than 65 bunkers and over 600 square metres of bunker face, it’s fair to say that inspired wedge play could be an important factor when navigating London’s newest golf course, The Inspiration Club, which opens on June 1.

“We decided on a links inspired course because of the nature of the land, and the proximity of RAF Northolt,” said owner and co-designer of The Inspiration Club Tony Menai-Davis.

“The site was flat farmland and because of the airfield we were restricted on the number of trees we could plant. The answer we came up with was to shape the terrain and defend the course with clever run offs and tricky bunkering, in the style of the best links courses.

“We worked alongside a fantastic team to lay out the shape of the course and then brought in specialists to help with greens, bunkers and tees. EcoBunker have done an incredible job with the course’s main defence – the bunkers.”

The team at The Inspiration first brought in EcoBunker in 2021 for a three-phase project. Five builders were on site for up to three months in each phase, completing over 600 square metres of revetted bunker face and bunker shaping just over a year later.

“We’re incredibly proud of this project,” commented Richard Allen, CEO of EcoBunker. “The bunkering plays such an important part of the makeup of The Inspiration. The revetting will become one of the most memorable features of the course and helps to give it a real links inspired feel.

“I’m six foot four and some of these bunkers are above my head, so we had to employ clever techniques to give the desired finish and stability. We used the patented EcoBunker Advanced system which incorporates a slim artificial grass faced wall with a strengthened backfill of cement modified soil. By slimming down the wall cross section we actually deliver 40 percent more structural stability, which is especially important for very high walls like those at The Inspiration. The walls are also 100 percent recycled material. They’re made from reclaimed artificial grass sports fields and are also recyclable themselves. We pride ourselves on our technology and our sustainable credentials and this project has given us the chance to showcase them all.”

“The Inspiration will be an inclusive course that welcomes every golfer, so we really need to balance the test of golf with golfers’ experience of the course,” stated Menai-Davis. “Our ability-based tees will provide a unique test for golfers of different abilities, and whatever your level, the course rewards good shots and thoughtful course management. But we also want people to know some of the challenges that a links style course should provide – and that includes some really challenging bunkers!”

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick May 23, 2024 10:10
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  1. Sam June 16, 17:37

    Looks great
    The course I play are talking about removing all the bunkers for high maintenance reasons I personally don’t agree

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  2. Tamsy May 30, 11:04

    Riveted bunkers require a huge amount of maintenance. Good luck. Hope it all goes well.

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    • Edo May 31, 10:17

      Not these bunkers! Unlike traditional ‘sod-wall’ revetting, EcoBunkers require practically no maintenance whatsoever.

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  3. UK Golf Federation May 24, 11:25

    Looks amazing and exciting golf facility for London

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  4. Wicks May 24, 07:55

    Exercise improves cardiovascular health, increases stamina, and releases endorphins, which boost mood and energy. Play better golf

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  5. Dove May 24, 06:37

    Really looking forward to this one opening June 1 – The aptly named – The Inspiration Club – brought to life by Tom Mackenzie and the Menai-Davis’ of The Shire Golf Club fame. Just outside of London they are creating a true links-style course for the ages. Although I might have to employ my hand mashie out of the cavernous bunkers ! See you on the hashtag#links!!!

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    • Shiv May 24, 23:23

      I have visited twice. It is a beautiful course and thoughtfully design and challenging course. I am looking forward to play on 1st of June

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  6. Tomorrow Golf“; Dentist May 24, 05:10

    Bunkers might be a factor of growing costs in the future

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  7. FEISAL May 24, 01:22

    How much does it cost so we don’t play out of sand?

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  8. Century Underwriting May 24, 00:44

    Terry Arnold, start planning for 2025

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