Four stun­ning ren­o­va­tions

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There is lit­tle more than a trickle of new cour­ses open­ing these days, but there is a lot of out­stand­ing ren­o­va­tion work. Top of our list is Tom Doak’s re­furb of Wood­hall Spa’s Hotchkin. The first phase of ren­o­va­tion of what was al­ready one of GB&I’s elite cour­ses will be ob­vi­ous by the sum­mer and ex­pect to find a more open feel, even bet­ter heath­land con­di­tion­ing and even some lost bunkers. The high-cost, pri­vate JCB course in Stafford­shire – by EGD’s Robin Hise­man – is also set to open.

On con­ti­nen­tal Europe, the Great North­ern (1) will fully open. Lo­cated near Kerte­minde, Den­mark, this big-bud­get op­er­a­tion by Nick­laus De­sign of­fers drama on the higher sec­tion in par­tic­u­lar, when you can see the sea. It is likely to be a Top 100 con­tender. Fur­ther afield, in Mau­ri­tius, the up­grade of Le Touess­rok (2) will be com­pleted, and that means even more all-world ocean views from this fa­mous is­land course.

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