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Appleby Golf Club, Cumbria

The wonderfully natural and traditional Appleby course is undergoing subtle renovation by the Club, to increase difficulty whilst retaining popularity with visting golfers.

David Hemstock carried out a technical assessment in 2006 to advise on options.

The heathland course lies on elevated common land, with a very spacious feel and the brooding mountains of Westmorland above. The geography brings with it a significant challenge at times from the wind.

Sand bunkers on fairways are not a good idea, since (ironically, as sheep scrapes on sand-dune land were the origin of bunkers) the sheep grazing on the common land soil them. Greens are protected by a surprisingly inconspicuous electric wire.

The upgrading work began in 2007, and includes fairway amendments, introduction of grassbunkering, and new tee formation.