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lit­tle un­veil­ing Ernie golf the WENT­WORTH The iconic has over Els four-time never De­sign-led of golf 12 the months course. been ren­o­vated Ma­jor CLUB, richer project, on win­ner, from West in SUR­REY the its World the Course, praise world of­fi­cial – Golf for an of A Hall long-term this this Harry year’s of Famer ren­o­va­tion Colt BMW gem, and PGA was chief and Cham­pi­onship, speak­ing mod­erni­sa­tion ar­chi­tect ahead of the the of of Euro­pean has long made Tour’s its flag­ship home at tour­na­ment, Went­worth which Club.

come “There back has for been this year’s added event,” an­tic­i­pa­tion said Els, to who won a record seven World Match­play ti­tles on Went­worth’s West Course.

“Ob­vi­ously, this club and this golf course have al­ways had a very spe­cial place in my heart, right back to the start of my ca­reer. But I must say, the sense of pride for us as ar­chi­tects of this ren­o­va­tion, see­ing the course pre­sented the way it is this week, makes it even more spe­cial than be­fore. The ‘new’ look de­buted last year, we’d heard it was in in­cred­i­ble shape and I just re­ally wanted to see it for my­self. It’s great to be back.”

Els went on to say: “You know, this was the dream, this was the vi­sion we had in our minds way back when Greg Letsche [se­nior de­sign as­so­ciate at Ernie Els De­sign] and my­self got the ball rolling on this ren­o­va­tion project. This was the blue­print, so to speak. The whole strat­egy, the core shot val­ues, the con­struc­tion and the look of the greens’ com­plexes, the bunker­ing, lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing is now just as we en­vis­aged it. And se­ri­ously, these must be the best putting sur­faces in the coun­try. They are in­cred­i­ble! It’s so nice to see and, of course, it’s great to hear the pos­i­tive com­ments from the play­ers this week and from the mem­bers who love it, too.”

“The own­ers, Dr. Chan­chai Ruayrun­gru­ang and his team, have given all of us their full com­mit­ment to help push this project to its suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion and, just as im­por­tantly, the bud­get and the re­sources to en­able Kenny and his team to main­tain this won­der­ful golf course to the ab­so­lute high­est stan­dards,” said Els. “And it shows lit­er­ally ev­ery­where you look. The con­di­tion­ing of the play­ing sur­faces, and the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion, is as good as I’ve ever seen it.”

Els con­cluded: “Right at the start I would say our goal, ev­ery­one’s goal, was to make Went­worth the lead­ing venue for Cham­pi­onship golf in Europe and we be­lieve that is what we’ve got here. It’s the per­fect cham­pi­onship venue.”

Speak­ing also this week, Kenny Mackay com­mented: “The whole team has worked very hard over the win­ter and in the build-up to this week. We’ve put our heart and soul into it, so ob­vi­ously it’s very grat­i­fy­ing for us to hear Ernie and a lot of the other top play­ers giv­ing the course such high praise. From day one, the aim has been to make im­prove­ments to en­hance playa­bil­ity for all. This has been achieved through wide-rang­ing changes and in­stalling in­dus­try-lead­ing tech­nol­ogy that al­lows us to con­trol how the greens play. We’ve called on a vast amount of de­sign and play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we be­lieve this is Went­worth’s best ever course.”

Ernie Els ap­proach­ing the 18th green of Went­worth’s West Course

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