Gary Player to Re-Design Wentworth Edinburgh Course

Player designed the Edinburgh with Bernard Gallacher and John Jacobs

Gary Player Design will renovate the Wentworth Edinburgh course as part of the club's multi-million pound spend to improve facilities

Gary Player to Re-Design Wentworth Edinburgh Course

Nine-time major winner Gary Player will oversee a renovation of Wentworth's Edinburgh course.

Gary Player Design has been chosen to re-design the course as part of a multi-million pound investment programme being undertaken by the exclusive Surrey club and its owners the Reignwood Group.

The South African’s involvement will mark a continuation of his long association with Wentworth, dating back to his 1965 World Match Play victory.

Player, along with John Jacobs and Bernhard Gallacher, originally designed the Edinburgh Course which opened in 1990.

Wentworth Edinburgh

Over the next year, a number of improvements will be made to the course, including:

- A comprehensive renewal of the irrigation system

- A new bunker programme

- A world-class driving range and short game practice area

- The replacement of grasses on putting surfaces

The announcement is the latest in a string of significant developments revealed at Wentworth Club as it continues its relationship with world leading course designers on the renovation of its three golf courses.

Earlier this year, Ernie Els was unveiled as the designer who will lead renovations of Wentworth’s West Course, which begin now the BMW PGA Championship has concluded.

Both appointments form part of Reignwood’s wider commitment as they attempt to make Wentworth the world’s leading private golf and country club.

Player said, “Having played at Wentworth Club many times I’ve always found it to be one of the world’s elite golfing venues and I am excited to help shape the future of golf at Wentworth, building a course which is as thrilling to play as it is to design.

Wentworth Edinburgh

Gary Player in action during the Piccadilly World Match Play at Wentworth Golf Club in 1973.

“Our objective for the Edinburgh Course is to renovate the features and infrastructure to create a world-class golf course. It will be challenging yet fun to play, and have a look and character that is unique and quite different from the demanding Championship West Course.”

Wentworth Club Chief Executive Stephen Gibson said, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Gary Player Design on developing the Edinburgh Course. He is one of the greatest ambassadors for the game and knows better than anyone what it takes to both play and design great courses.

Wentworth Edinburgh

“This appointment demonstrates the Club’s clear commitment to becoming a world-class golfing venue and we cannot wait to begin work in the coming weeks and months to ensure the very best golfing experience for our members.”

As well as the improvement projects for the West and Edinburgh Courses, the Club’s third 18-hole course, the East, will also undergo extensive renovation, with a design partner to be announced soon.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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