Our Vision for Flempton Golf Club
Juxtaposed to Lackford Lake Nature Reserve, a wildlife oasis with a landscape of lakes and woodland, Flempton Golf Club has the opportunity to marry the natural with a carefully maintained course fit for the discerning golfer.
The upgrading of the course is the club’s priority, to that end Mackenzie and Ebert were engaged in 2018 to complete an historical assessment and plan for the course which is now known as The Flempton Course Master Plan. The plan reveals the changes to the course that have been introduced over the last century often due to different maintenance methods or improvements in the hitting power of modern golf clubs.
An example of different maintenance methods is shown in the changing shape of the bunkers on the 7th fairway. The photograph and graphically enhanced image were provided by M&E.
The suggestions and plans for the practice ground include its development into a dual-purpose area for use as a range or a short game practice area. The creation of two greens, possibly double target, on an enlarged practice ground could be used as a three or four-hole short game practice area at quiet times. This is just one of the many possibilities put forward for improving the use of the area behind the greenkeepers shed.
Structural maintenance is ongoing and high on the list, the Greenkeepers shed, which is in need of an overhaul with improved facilities for the greenkeepers and total weatherproofing. It is worth noting (and retaining) the interesting architectural form of the existing shed and the echoing element of the clubhouse profile.
The gentlemen’s changing facilities are a throw-back to the 1950’s, and this tie with the past is part of Flempton’s heritage. The shower area is due an upgrade. Ideas are being sought from Suffolk University’s Interior Design Faculty.
The clubhouse has tradition and old fashioned charm, built in 1905 at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement, it is an example of the traditional craftsmanship of the time using locally sourced wood from Culford. It is hoped this tie with the past may be considered when updating.
Flempton Golf Club,
Flempton, Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP28 6EQ
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