Mortonhall Golf Club Logo

COURSE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Tom Mackenzie of McKenzie and Ebert...

....made an excellent presentation to members on 20 April 2017. His appreciation of the course and his enthusiasm to see our rich heritage maintained and enhanced is easy to see in the text of his report, available here and in hard copy at the club. He writes “On a sunny day, Mortonhall is a spectacular place to play golf. The variety of views that unfold throughout the round are as good as any. They lift the spirits as much as some of the hills lift the heart rate. They have been a key factor in the success of the Club over the years. Golfers love to play in beautiful places, especially the majority for whom the game is more about exercise and company rather than competition……

The Club is rightly proud of its course but it recognises that its bunkering needs to be addressed. Bunkers are one of many elements that make up all courses. The challenge that is posed to the players is a combination of the bunkering and all of the other factors such as the weather, the terrain, trees and rough”

Ian McKerrow writes in Mortonhall’s 2017 Annual Report…

“[The M&E report] was very well-received and allayed the fears of even the biggest sceptics. He pointed out that the positioning of many of the bunkers has been rendered irrelevant by modern golf technology. Although this started out being considered as a ‘bunker’ project, it was clear from Tom’s presentation that it could more accurately be termed a course improvement project. The report he produced is very thorough and in it he pays full respect to the historical design of the course”

Where are We Now

The tender for course improvement works went out in March 2018 and after due process Golflink was chosen as our preferred contractor. Council agreed the recommendation to proceed with Golflink and approved the expenditure at a Special Council Meeting on 30th April. Although Golflink is a new company it has a very good pedigree, with an excellent work force, well known and respected in the industry. Their work will start in mid-September 2018. It is expected that holes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 16, 17 and 18 plus some work on a green side bunker on 15 will be completed by the end of November 2018 and that by the following March the full course would be in play.

The course will remain open throughout the renovation work, although adjustments to some holes will take place to allow the work to proceed. The green staff will work very closely with the contractor and are excited by their involvement. They will be responsible for filling in the redundant bunkers away from the contractor’s working area, with re-laying of turf surrounds and in putting the Capillary Concrete lining into the bunkers.

Key Objectives of the Project

Building on the report the Course Improvement Project (CIP) intends to modernise the course layout and maintain a strong but fair challenge for all levels of play. A major design tenet is to rationalise the number of bunkers from 59 to 44 ensuring that bunkers are consistent in style, high quality, visually attractive and in keeping with Mortonhall heritage. This work will ensure that bunkers better influence play, giving both high and low handicappers a more exciting game. We have developed and utilized the knowledge and experience of our own staff, whilst have built a good relationship with external experts and contractors. It is imperative that costs are managed to the agreed budget, the Project delivers within a 2-3 year timetable and that disruption to members is kept to a minimum.

Key Stages of the Work

This is an exciting and dynamic project with things happening every month. The Course Improvement Project Plan will be updated every month as things evolve.

How you Can Get Involved

We would love to hear from members:
Get in touch via our email address cip@mortonhallgc.co.uk
Talk to our Team members and Green staff
Look out for future communications, either electronically or around the club

Click the + button for more information:

 

Presentations by Doug Webster and Tom Mackenzie on 9th May 2018 at Mortonhall give useful detail on the project so far.

You can also find out more by reading our extensive FAQs
Read all about Bunker Liners and why they are so important
Read the Mackenzie and Ebert report which explains all aspects of the Course Improvement Project
Read Kerr's letter from last year on the Bunker Proposals

A MUST FOR ANY KEEN GOLFER

The club has hosted the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play, Scottish Youth Tournaments and  in 2017 the Scottish Girls Under 16’s. Only 3 miles from the West End of Princes Street, Mortonhall Golf Course is a must for any keen golfer visiting the historic City of Edinburgh and offers some of the best golf in Scotland. We welcome visitors to our course and to use our superb clubhouse throughout the week.

Address Book Address Card adjust align-center align-justify align-left align-right Allergies ambulance American Sign Language Interpreting Anchor Angle Double Down Angle Double Left Angle Double Right Angle Double Up angle-down angle-left angle-right angle-up Archive Alternate Arrow Circle Down Alternate Arrow Circle Left Alternate Arrow Circle Right Alternate Arrow Circle Up Arrow Circle Down Arrow Circle Left Arrow Circle Right Arrow Circle Up arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up Alternate Arrows Alternate Arrows Horizontal Alternate Arrows Vertical Assistive Listening Systems asterisk At Audio Description backward Balance Scale ban Band-Aid barcode Bars Baseball Ball Basketball Ball Bath Battery Empty Battery Full Battery 1/2 Full Battery 1/4 Full Battery 3/4 Full Bed beer bell Bell Slash Bicycle Binoculars Birthday Cake Blind bold Lightning Bolt Bomb book bookmark Bowling Ball Box Box Open Boxes Braille Briefcase Medical Briefcase Bug Building bullhorn Bullseye Burn Bus Calculator Calendar Alternate Calendar Calendar Check Calendar Minus Calendar Plus Calendar Times camera Retro Camera Capsules Car Caret Down Caret Left Caret Right Caret Square Down Caret Square Left Caret Square Right Caret Square Up Caret Up Shopping Cart Arrow Down Add to Shopping Cart certificate Area Chart Bar Chart Line Chart Pie Chart Check Check Circle Check Square Chess Chess Bishop Chess Board Chess King Chess Knight Chess Pawn Chess Queen Chess Rook Chevron Circle Down Chevron Circle Left Chevron Circle Right Chevron Circle Up chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up Child Circle Circle Notched Clipboard Clipboard Check Clipboard List Clock Clone Closed Captioning Cloud Cloud Download Alternate Cloud Upload Alternate Code Code Branch Coffee cog cogs Columns comment Alternate Comment Comment Dots Comment Slash comments Compass Compress Copy Copyright Couch Credit Card crop Crosshairs Cube Cubes Cut Database Deaf Desktop Diagnoses DNA Dollar Sign Dolly Dolly Flatbed Dot Circle Dove Download Edit eject Horizontal Ellipsis Vertical Ellipsis Envelope Envelope Open Envelope Square eraser Euro Sign Alternate Exchange exclamation Exclamation Circle Exclamation Triangle Expand Alternate Expand Arrows Alternate External Link Alternate External Link Square Eye Eye Dropper Eye Slash fast-backward fast-forward Fax Female fighter-jet File Alternate File Archive File Audio File Code File Excel File Image File Medical File Medical File Alternate PDF File Powerpoint File Video File Word File Film Filter fire fire-extinguisher First Aid flag flag-checkered Flask Folder Folder Open font Font Awesome Full Logo Football Ball forward Frown Futbol Gamepad Gavel Gem Genderless gift Martini Glass Globe Golf Ball Graduation Cap H Square Hand Holding Hand Holding Heart Hand Holding US Dollar Lizard (Hand) Paper (Hand) Peace (Hand) Hand Pointing Down Hand Pointing Left Hand Pointing Right Hand Pointing Up Pointer (Hand) Rock (Hand) Scissors (Hand) Spock (Hand) Hands Helping Hands Handshake Hashtag HDD heading headphones Heart Heartbeat History Hockey Puck home hospital Hospital Alternate Hospital Symbol Hourglass Hourglass End Hourglass Half Hourglass Start I Beam Cursor Identification Badge Identification Card Identification Card Alternate Image Images inbox Indent Industry Info Info Circle italic key Keyboard Language Laptop leaf Lemon Level Down Alternate Level Up Alternate Life Ring Lightbulb Link Turkish Lira Sign List List Alternate list-ol list-ul location-arrow lock Lock Open Alternate Long Arrow Down Alternate Long Arrow Left Alternate Long Arrow Right Alternate Long Arrow Up Low Vision magic magnet Male Map map-marker Map Marker Alternate Map Pin Map Signs Mars Mars Double Mars Stroke Mars Stroke Horizontal Mars Stroke Vertical medkit Meh Mercury Microchip microphone Microphone Slash minus Minus Circle Minus Square Mobile Phone Alternate Mobile Money Bill Alternate Moon Motorcycle Mouse Pointer Music Neuter Newspaper Medical Notes Object Group Object Ungroup Outdent Paint Brush Pallet Paper Plane Paperclip Parachute Box paragraph Paste pause Pause Circle Paw Pen Square Alternate Pencil People Carry Percent Phone Phone Slash Phone Square Phone Volume Piggy Bank Pills plane play Play Circle Plug plus Plus Circle Plus Square Podcast Poo Portrait Pound Sign Power Off Prescription Bottle Alternate Prescription Bottle print Procedures Puzzle Piece qrcode Question Question Circle Quidditch quote-left quote-right random Recycle Redo Alternate Redo Registered Trademark Reply reply-all Retweet Ribbon road rocket rss RSS Square Ruble Sign Indian Rupee Sign Save Search Search Minus Search Plus Seedling Server Share Alternate Share Alternate Share Square Share Square Shekel Sign Alternate Shield Ship Shipping Fast Shopping Bag Shopping Basket shopping-cart Shower Sign Alternate Sign In Sign Language Alternate Sign Out signal Sitemap Horizontal Sliders Smile Smoking Snowflake Sort Sort Alpha Down Sort Alpha Up Sort Amount Down Sort Amount Up Sort Down (Descending) Sort Numeric Down Sort Numeric Up Sort Up (Ascending) Space Shuttle Spinner Square Square Full Star star-half step-backward step-forward Stethoscope Sticky Note stop Stop Circle Stopwatch Street View Strikethrough subscript Subway Suitcase Sun superscript Sync Alternate Sync Syringe table Table Tennis tablet Alternate Tablet Tablets Alternate Tachometer tag tags Tape Tasks Taxi Terminal text-height text-width th th-large th-list Thermometer Thermometer Empty Thermometer Full Thermometer 1/2 Full Thermometer 1/4 Full Thermometer 3/4 Full thumbs-down thumbs-up Thumbtack Alternate Ticket Times Times Circle tint Toggle Off Toggle On Trademark Train Transgender Alternate Transgender Trash Alternate Trash Tree trophy truck Truck Loading Truck Moving TTY Television Umbrella Underline Undo Alternate Undo Universal Access University unlink unlock Alternate Unlock Upload User Alternate User User Alt-slash User Astronaut User Check User Circle User Clock User Cog User Edit User Friends User Graduate User Lock user-md User Minus User Ninja Add User User Secret User Shield User Slash User Tag User Tie Remove User Users Users Cog Utensil Spoon Utensils Venus Venus Double Venus Mars Vial Vials Video Video Slash Volleyball Ball volume-down volume-off volume-up Warehouse Weight Wheelchair WiFi Window Close Window Maximize Window Minimize Window Restore Wine Glass Won Sign Wrench X-Ray Yen Sign