As a keen advocate of the Par 3 format, Tony Jacklin CBE is eager to work on the design of more courses to show off its many benefits and he is now enjoying the opportunity to do just that at Magnolia Park Golf & Country Club in Buckinghamshire. In order to complement the club’s existing 18-hole course, Tony has worked hard alongside architect, Bruce Weller, to devise a new Par 3 course that encourages people of all abilities to play the game and, to make their combined vision reality, construction work is expected to commence in 2015.
Inclusivity is at the core of the design. Tony sees Par 3 as a key vehicle through which golf can become more appealing to both the young and the old and, by designing slightly larger and more accessible greens, they hope to allow players of any age or ability to land shots in regulation. Tony sees golf as being about fun and enjoyment and he very much wants to encourage that side of things.
Part of that is creating a course at Magnolia Park that players can admire while they go round, with really impressive surroundings that catch a player’s eye. There is set to be a number of lovely aesthetic features and a high level of attention to detail is in evidence, right from the selection of plants and foliage, to the placement of hazards and obstacles.
Tony and Bruce have put emphasis on sustainability too, not wishing the course to be high maintenance, and with their eyes set firmly on the future of golf, the pair are also leading a radical redesign of the club’s driving range and establishing a bespoke Tony Jacklin Academy on site where 50 youngsters will benefit from free scholarships.
Tony has established a wonderful track record in golf course design around the globe and the Magnolia Park Par 3 Championship Course, part of a £5 million, 5 year investment project, looks set to be yet another shining example of his vision and creative prowess.