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'Works will keep golf balls off road' at Blue Mountain

Published: 16 Sep 2013 09:000 comments

Motorists can breathe a sigh of relief after a Binfield golf club announced plans to change its layout.

The par four 13th hole at Blue Mountain Golf Course runs alongside Temple Way, which is lined with houses.

Following a health and safety review, the club says it will start to remodel the hole in September, to minimise the chance of golf balls straying onto the road.

James Elster, the club’s general manager, said: “There has not been any particular problem but the course has been there for 20 years and over time it became clear that many balls were going onto the road.

“In 2010 we tried to reduce the problem by putting up some big nets that got rid of most of the problem. We feel this will completely solve it.”

The work includes extending an existing lake to stretch across the full width of the fairway, turning the approach shot into a nerve-wracking test of skill. The hole will also be slightly lengthened, and will become more of a 'dog leg’, with the tees repositioned. A lateral water hazard will also be created to run along the full length of the hole.

The club hopes the changes will make the hole more challenging and strategic, with a shorter 'lay-up’ shot off the tee which removes the risk of golfers hitting it high, wide and off the golf course with

their driver.

It hopes the new 'signature’ hole will become one of the most talked-about holes in Bracknell, with the following hole, the par three 14th, shortened and improved at the same time. The work starts later this month, and the enlarged lake is set to come into play within a month.

The full remodelling will be complete before the start of the 2014 golf season. The 13th will still be in play while changes are made, although at times it will be reduced to a temporary par three while workmen are on site.

Mr Elster added: “Golfers are about to face a new challenge at Blue Mountain, which will enhance their golf for years to come.”

The Blue Mountain site has been earmarked in Bracknell Forest’s long-term planning blueprint for 400 new homes, schools, football ground and community facilities by the borough council, but Blue Mountain has stressed the course will be open for many years to come.

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