Our Vision for Flempton
Despite these wonderful assets, the continual improvement of the course is the club’s no.1 priority. With this in mind, leading course architects Mackenzie and Ebert were engaged in 2018 to complete an historical assessment and suggested improvements to the course, the ‘Master Plan’. This revealed gradual alterations that have occurred over the last century (not all of them positive) due to differing forms of maintenance and machinery or, for example, new tree planting or relocation/reshaping of bunkers.
The Mackenzie and Ebert ‘Master Plan’ now enables us to consider some further updates to certain areas of the course and our practice facilities in light of the increased distances made possible by modern technology and our desire to cater for both experienced golfers and those new to the game.
Current and potential shaping of bunkers on the 7th fairway to provide enhanced definition from the tee and time-saving bunker maintenance. Images provided by M&E.
The suggestions for the practice ground. The creation of two ‘double-target’ greens on an enlarged practice ground could be used as a three or four-hole short game practice area at quiet times, or as a teaching school for those learning the game.
Structural maintenance is also ongoing and high on our priority list. We need to renovate and fully waterproof the current Greenkeepers shed to improve facilities for the team and for equipment storage.
It is worth noting (and retaining) the interesting architectural form of the existing shed and the echoing element of the clubhouse profile which can be seen clearly in these two winter shots.
We are keen that the clubhouse retains its traditional, old-fashioned charm. Built in 1905 at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, it is an example of the craftsmanship of the time, using locally sourced wood from Culford. Nonetheless, the men’s changing facilities and showers are now due for an upgrade and ideas are being sought from Suffolk University’s Interior Design Faculty that are sensitive to the heritage of the club.