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De­lamere For­est

In 2010, De­lamere For­est, mid­way be­tween Ch­ester and North­wich in Cheshire, cel­e­brated its cen­te­nary. Two years later, the club em­barked on a six-year ren­o­va­tion project to re­turn its fine Her­bert Fowler course closer to its open heath­land roots.

Un­der the guid­ance of Tom Macken­zie, ev­ery bunker has been re­turned to its orig­i­nal Fowler de­sign and greens that had shrunk over the years have been ex­tended back out. What’s more, a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of gorse, trees and scrub has been re­moved to re­store much of the orig­i­nal feel and play­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Eight new tees have been cre­ated, with the par-5 fi­nale length­ened to 504 yards. The fi­nal piece of the jig­saw slot­ted into place this au­tumn, when work to soften the green on the short dog­leg-left 15th hole at the far end of the course was com­pleted.

Plenty of trees re­main, in­clud­ing the at­trac­tive copse to the rear of the fine 2nd hole, but over­all there’s an en­hanced feel­ing of space. There are many stand­out holes to savour, among them the 14th, which drops down to an at­trac­tively bunkered green.

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